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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Zipping around town

How do you get around Atlanta if you don't have a car?

There are the Cliff Shuttles, but they can only take you to Clairmont campus, to the Publix near campus or to Lenox on Saturdays.

There's MARTA, but its buses are not always reliable and its routes can be quite confusing.

How about Zipcar? Never heard of it? Well, the program is less than 10 years old on campus.

Zipcar is a car sharing service that provides 24-hour, seven-day-a-week car service in metro Atlanta with car availability right on Emory's campus. And it's open to everyone on campus as long as you're a registered member of Zipcar.

Here's how it works: sign up online for a monthly fee (only if you're 18 or older!), get approved, and reserve a car on any given day for a period of time that's available.

(My freshman year roommate was a Zipcar member, but I reaped the benefits of her passenger seat.)

Zipcars are good for running errands, going out to dinner, or short trips, like hitting up all those touristy spots in Atlanta.

And one of the best things about Zipcar is that you can fill up the tank with free fuel using the gas card located in each Zipcar.

If you're coming back to campus, alumni, all you need is to be a member of Zipcar and the service is yours to use.

--Lindsey Bomnin 12C, EAA communications intern

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