Virginia Tech launches innovative travel for employees

U Car Share vehicle at program launch event

U Car Share vehicle at program launch event

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 8, 2010 – Virginia Tech’s award winning Alternative Transportation program is launching another new innovative program for employees who occasionally need vehicles for official university business. 

Through Virginia Tech’s contract with U Car Share which originally brought six vehicles to campus in August 2009, a new departmental billing option ( is now available for Virginia Tech departments.

By registering a departmental account with U Car Share, employees within that department are able to reserve and use the U Car Share vehicles for official university business and have the charges billed back to their departmental fund instead of paying out of their pocket and eliminates the hassle of complicated processes and forms involved in reimbursements when employees use their own personal vehicles for such purposes.

Fleet Services is the ideal service for long distance trips that will require the use of a vehicle for at least a half day, but for those quick errands around town or campus, U Car Share provides a quick and convenient option that allows employees to prevent additional wear and tear on their vehicle, and as an added bonus, removes the worry of losing a parking space.

U Car Share’s rates are affordable and low and the ability to set distance and charge limits for employees using the departmental account, eases the worry of such a program being too costly during a time when many departmental budgets are already strained. 

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $496 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.