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New car-sharing program on USF's St. Petersburg Campus

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Students at USF St. Petersburg have a new transportation option. The campus launched a new car-sharing program called We-Car. "Students have been a driving force of this and we've wanted it for a long time," said Mark Lombardi, USF Student President.

The program, called Wecar, is run by Enterprise Car Rentals. Two cars will remain in the parking garage on campus. WIth a $35-dollar annual membership, it costs $8.50 to rent one for an hour.  That price includes insurance and gas.

According to USF'S Center For Urban Transportation, there are 800,000 car-sharing members nationwide. The popularity of car-sharing has increased 40% since 2011. Studies show one shared car removes an average of 15 to 20 vehicles from the road.

Reaction from students is mixed. Sophomore Mark Vansluytman lives on campus but thinks it's still too expensive.

"It's just not really practical in this area, and the majority of students here are already commuters so they already have cars," said Vansluytman.

But others say they would use it. "Yeah I definitely would. I'm stuck here a lot with just my bike," said Sarah Hedrick, USFSP student.

USF in Tampa has had a car-sharing program for the last 3 years and now has 3 vehicles for use, but they are only available to students and campus personnel.

The cars at USF-St.Pete will also be available for the public to rent by the end of the month.

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