Halifax, November 7, 2016 – CarShare Atlantic announced today they are focussing on campuses. They are reducing the age of eligibility to join carshare from 20 to 19 years of age, they have started a student carshare program and are adding another location to their campus list.
HRM is a city with six universities and approximately 30K students, many who do not have access to car mobility. “Students often buy old junkers, says Pam Cooley, President of CarShare Atlantic. Now with our new program combining UPasses for public transit and carsharing they can be mobile in a sustainable way.”
Kazi Rahman, President of St. Mary’s Student Union says “In light of this news of dropping the age to 19 years, St. Mary’s University is very excited to announce today they are placing a CarShare car on campus. This will increase the benefit to more of our students.”
Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) have already been major contributors to the growth of carsharing in HRM. Dalhousie has three cars on campus and NSCC was one of the first locations at the IT campus on the peninsula. Rochelle Owen, Director of the Dalhousie Office of Sustainability says carsharing fits with Dalhousie’s sustainability goals. “Using carsharing services at Dalhousie is being financially and ecologically responsible. Studies confirm placing carsharing vehicle removes between 9 and 13 other vehicles from the road.”
Kathleen Reid President of Dalhousie Student Union agrees “We have a lot of students who have asked us for services like this. Our students usually walk, bike and use their UPass, but having a student carshare program that is affordable and ecological makes life that much better.”
This is timely – stats show for more than a decade, young people have been gradually shifting away from the idea that motor vehicle ownership is a necessity. In the 1990s, 76% of people under 30 in the United States said they owned a car; today, that number has dwindled to 69%.
Since 2008 CarShare Atlantic has been providing Halifax citizens with the most affordable and flexible mobility solution: combining carsharing with public transportation, biking and walking. With 1200 members and 44 cars, residents and businesses benefit by maintaining a more sustainable lifestyle. We also reduce our city’s dependency on personal or fleet owned vehicles. CarShare Atlantic is part of network that offers sustainable mobility solutions to a nearly 50,000 in Quebec, Ontario and Paris (France).
Contact: Pam Cooley, President