FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communications
I-GO Car Sharing Arrives on Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus
CHICAGO, April 18, 2005 I-GO Car Sharing announces it will be locating one of its cars on Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus, making it accessible to the Loyola community and surrounding residents of Rogers Park and Edgewater. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony and a demonstration of I-GO’s car sharing technology attended by State Representative Harry Osterman, 40th Ward Alderman Patrick O’Connor, 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore and Loyola representatives on Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 10:00 am.
I-GO Car Sharing was started by the Center for Neighborhood Technology and is a partnership with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Transit Authority. Members have 24-hour access to I-GO cars. The program covers the cost of gas, insurance, and car maintenance. The program currently has 1000 members and 24 cars. Members pay minimal charges for hourly usage of the cars. Cars are reserved by phone or on-line atwww.igocars.org.
“Edgewater and Rogers Park are two of the densest and most congested neighborhoods in Chicago. We recognize the need to think about personal transportation in non-traditional ways and hope that we can play a role in encouraging residents to do the same,” said Jennifer Clark, Director of Community Relations at Loyola University Chicago. “Most of the time, residents of Rogers Park and Edgewater have access to superior public transportation. They keep cars because sometimes it’s necessary to go to places further west. Sometimes they need to visit their parents in the suburbs. Sometimes they need to go to Home Depot.”
The I-GO program eases parking, reduces pollution, and improves the quality of life for all residents. I-GO surveys of members have found that almost half the members have given up car ownership or postponed a decision to buy a car since joining I-GO. Plus, members save up to $4000 a year by using transit combined with I-GO cars. In addition, national surveys have found that each car share car can replace 6-8 regular cars on the road. I-GO cars are new Honda Civics, Hybrids, and Elements.
The new Loyola University Lake Shore Campus car will be located at 1215 W. Albion, one block north of Loyola Avenue and just west of Sheridan Road and is easily accessible from the Loyola Stop on the Red Line and the #151 Sheridan bus.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Details:
Thursday, April 21, 2005 at 10:00 am
Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus
Centennial Forum Student Union, Bremner Lounge
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of more than 15,000 students, which includes 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 foreign countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 69 undergraduate majors, 77 master’s degrees, 36 doctoral degrees, and three professional degree programs. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.