Your favorite alternative transportation options just got better. Read on for updates on the university shuttle lines and Zipcar.

Ride the Wake

Did you know that you can track the location of the Downtown, Grey, Black and Gold line shuttles in real time? The Department of Computer Science developed real-time viewing for the shuttles’ positions using GPS technology. Track the location of your ride and stay warm and productive in your office or apartment until your shuttle approaches your stop. Check it out at from your computer or download the free Ride the Wake app for your iPhone or iPad.

Also new to the Ride the Wake lines, a weekend shuttle loop was added to the university’s alternative transportation options. University community members can now travel to Hanes Mall and the River Birch Lodge shopping center on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Shuttles depart from the Benson Center and run on a continuous loop.

Zipcar – Wheels when you want them!

Based on continuously climbing demand, Zipcar has added a third car to the WFU campus fleet.  The new silver Mazda lives in Lot N – between Kitchin and Poteat.  We hope that this will be convenient for faculty and staff working on the north side of campus as well as for students living on the Quad and north campus residence halls.

Remember, you can have an account with Zipcar for your personal use and you can join a departmental account for all WFU-related travel. With a departmental account, travel is charged directly to your department – no need for travel reimbursements.

Additionally, thanks to a partnership with Ford Motor Company, the Ford Focus that is located in front of Johnson Residence Hall comes with a discount. As part of Ford’s sponsorship, the hourly rate for the Ford vehicle on campus is reduced by $1/hour. The program will cover two academic years, beginning September 1, 2011 and ending August 31, 2013.

To learn more and to sign-up for Zipcar, visit the WFU Zipcar web site:

By Caitlin Brooks-Edwards, Wake Forest Fellow