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Zipcar Expands at Campuses; a Coal-Free Campaign at USC

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Mayor Villaraigosa stands with Councilmen Bill Rosendahl and Paul Koretz at yesterday's Zipcar expansion announcement
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Car sharing service Flexcar, since bought by Zipcar, was an exciting thing for Los Angeles. If you lived near a Zipcar parking space, you could take the car out for errands and the such if you were a member. But management found Los Angeles was a difficult market for such a program and pared it down to 14 cars around USC and UCLA campuses.

Then yesterday, a pilot partnership with the city of Los Angeles was launched, adding 12 cars to the fleet with a hope of more to come. "Los Angeles may be the car capital of the world, but through this partnership among universities, Zipcar and the City of Los Angeles we are opening the door to make car ownership optional for people who live or work here," said Mayor Villaraigosa. "Providing alternatives to car ownership will help improve the environment and the city's traffic congestion."