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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Zipcars coming to Biddeford, Brunswick

As the school year approaches, two more local college campuses are bringing Zipcars to southern Maine. The University of New England and Bowdoin College are bringing four new shared cars to Biddeford Pool and downtown Brunswick, respectively.

New members of Zipcar from these campuses will also have access to hundreds of shared cars in the Boston area. So UNE students could catch a train from the Saco station and pick up one of the dozens of Zipcars located within walking distance of North Station. Brunswick students will have the same option two years from now, when expanded Downeaster service will have its last stop across Maine Street from the Bowdoin campus.

In addition to existing Zipcars at Bates, Colby, and the University of Maine at Orono, Maine will soon have a fleet of Zipcars scattered around the state. There are still no shared cars in the state's largest city, Portland - but supporting a carsharing program is a recommendation of the Portland Peninsula Transit Study, and other carsharing franchises, including a newly-launched carsharing subsidiary of Enterprise Car Rental, have expressed interest in setting up shop in the city.

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