Saint Petersburg, Florida - USF Saint Petersburg is going green with the first car-sharing program in Pinellas County, offering students an affordable alternative way of transportation.
With gas prices hovering around $3.50 a gallon, students looking to save a buck could find car sharing the way to go.
"So if they have to go to the doctor or something, they can use it and that way they don't have to have a car and an extra payment has they're going through school," says student Krystal Blaze.
The green initiative has proven to be very popular at USF Tampa the last four years and for $8.50 an hour, you can have a new ride for little cash.
Tom Scherberger Director of Communications said the $8.50 an hour covers gas as well as insurance and also the cost of the car.
Mayor Bill Foster unveiled the new car-sharing program Tuesday near the USFSP Student Center and said he gives it two thumbs up.
"We are a green city and we are working constantly on initiatives to decrease our dependence upon these resources and go into renewable energies. So to have efficient cars but still promote bicycle and pedestrian use I think is a great combination," Foster says.
This program is not only for students, it's also available for faculty and will be available to the general public by the end of this month. You can register at WeCar.com and a card will be mailed to you to access the vehicle.
Right now only two cars are available to rent but if there's a popular demand, more cars will be added. USFSP student Krystal Blaze thinks that's a great idea.
"I think they should work on getting more. That would be good for students."