Mary McKee | Arlington Citizens Journal

The Beck Group’s Dallas Arboretum Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is one of the projects competing for the Urban Land Institute award.Erica Gott was walking toward UTA’s E.H. Hereford University Center when she noticed the sporty red car parked outside.

Gott was excited to learn that the Ford Focus is part of Zipcar, a new car-sharing program at the University of Texas at Arlington. Officials say the program will help those who don’t own vehicles and lend to the university’s efforts to create a greener campus.

“I would use this,” said Gott, a UT Arlington employee who has been without a car for several years and has considered buying one. “If I have this available, I might not buy a car.”

Zipcar, which is at many universities, including TCU, UT Austin and UT Dallas, was launched at UTA on Feb. 4. A long line was quick to form at an information table in the University Center, said Meghna Tare, UTA’s director of sustainability. In two hours, 100 students applied, she said.

“We ran out of cards to sign up,” Tare said. “It’s very popular.”

UTA had a previous car-sharing program through Hertz in which more than 700 people were enrolled, but officials felt that Zipcar had a better program. Tare said she expected the Hertz users to transfer into the new program. Read more