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Tampa university’s car-sharing program may cut campus traffic

The University of South Florida in Tampa is joining the car-sharing craze. Called WeCar from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, students, faculty or staff who buy a $20 membership will be able to rent for an hour, a day, or even over night one of four gas-electric hybrids placed about campus at rates ranging from $10 to $12 a hour.

Once they join, they receive a card that provides access to the vehicles. They then make an online reservation, go to the car parked at a designated spot, hold the card above a sensor on the windshield to unlock the vehicle, then drive away using the key inside. The WeCar program is part of the school’s effort to reduce the number of cars on campus, said a university spokesperson.

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