USF Launches Custom Zimride Rideshare Community to Enhance Faculty, Staff and Students' Mobility

SAN FRANCISCO, March 23 – University of San Francisco (USF) announced today the availability of the new Zimride rideshare system.  The Zimride platform connects USF community members through an easy to use private network that will reduce campus traffic, parking difficulties and provide substantial cost-savings for the community.

“We are excited to offer a program that will allow our community to easily find and share rides,” said Nicole Beamer Cortez, Operations Manager of USF Public Safety. Upon explaining the benefits of the partnership, Beamer Cortez remarked, “Zimride takes the guess work out of getting to and from campus. Faculty, staff and students are now part of collaborative effort to reduce traffic congestion and car emissions, while cutting down their vehicle operation costs at the same time.”

Zimride has developed a custom rideshare solution to serve USF’s campus population. Through Zimride’s web-based interface, faculty, staff and students will be able to find others with similar commuting patterns or one-time rides.  As a social network platform with optional Facebook integration, Zimride allows users to develop trust and encourages feedback among users.

Zimride provides a convenient way for people to rideshare whether or not they have vehicle. The web-based interface can also be used for people wanting bike to campus.

Starting today, all USF students, faculty and staff can access the USF Zimride system for free at http://zimride.usfca.edu/

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, driving personal vehicles contributes 20% of overall C02 emissions.  This partnership marks a significant step in improving campus sustainability practices. Furthermore, ridesharing on your daily commute or on longer one-time trips will substantially reduce the costs of travel for our community.

About Zimride

Zimride is the largest dedicated carpool technology company in North America with over 300,000 users and has created carpool communities for over 40 of the nation’s most established universities. Through its website, Zimride combines social networks and a proprietary route-matching algorithm to make it easy for users to share seats or find a ride.  Zimriders can view others’ profiles for common networks, interests and friends before deciding to share a ride.

For more information on Zimride, visit www.zimride.com

PRESS CONTACT:

John Zimmer, Founder & COO, Zimride, 203.912.9600, john@zimride.com

Anne-Marie Devine, USF Media Relations, 415.422.2697 or abdevine@usfca.edu