Amtrak Cascades and Zipcar Partner to Improve Travel Experiences Along I-5 Corridor

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  • June 6, 2017

Vernae Graham

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Laura Kingman

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Zipcars are now on-site or within walking distance of stations in Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Salem, and Vancouver

SEATTLE – Just in time for the summer travel season, Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, and Amtrak Cascades, ranked by National Geographic as one of the best train routes in North America, today announced an expanded partnership to better serve the traveling public. Zipcars are now available for easy access on-site or within walking distance of Seattle’s King Street Station and Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station, as well as Portland Union Station, Salem Station and Eugene Depot, with plans to bring Zipcars to additional stations along the Amtrak Cascades route in the future.

This expanded partnership, which originated at Amtrak Cascades stations in Oregon only, enables convenient and sustainable car-free travel along the I-5 corridor for area residents, business travelers, visitors and students looking to explore and experience the region. With Zipcars in close proximity to Amtrak Cascades stations, riders can enjoy traffic-free train travel with the ability to use a car as they need one once they reach their destination. It’s a flexible solution for those who want to avoid a stressful drive but need a car once they arrive.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) own and manage the Amtrak Cascades service.

“Some people say they would rather take the train, but they need a car once they reach their destination,” said WSDOT Rail, Freight, and Ports Division Director Ron Pate. “Partnering with Zipcar is a win-win for our passengers.”

Hal Gard, Administrator for ODOT’s Rail and Public Transit Division, agrees: “Oregon is a national leader in sustainable and innovative transportation, and this partnership provides yet another ‘green’ option. Drivers can avoid I-5 congestion and take Zipcar for convenience and flexibility at their destination, all while enjoying free time and comfort on the train with Amtrak Cascades’ bistro and free Wi-Fi service,” he said.

“We’re excited to expand our partnership with ODOT and WSDOT to bring our ‘wheels when you want them’ service to riders on the Amtrak Cascades line,” said Matt Jensen, Regional Community Marketing Manager, Zipcar. “We’re now making it easier than ever for residents, visitors and students to get out and experience all that our region has to offer, without the worry or stress of sitting in I-5 traffic.”

Zipcar gives its members on-demand access to a fleet of 12,000 cars in hundreds of cities and towns, as well as colleges and university campuses worldwide and major airports throughout North America and in Europe. Zipcars are available 24/7 for reservation by the hour or by the day via Zipcar’s mobile app and website.

Amtrak Cascades operates four daily round trips between Portland and Seattle; two daily round trips between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia; and two daily round trips between Portland and Eugene, Oregon.

Prospective Zipcar members, who can enjoy discounts on Amtrak Cascades and Zipcar with this new partnership, can learn more and join the service online at www.zipcar.com/amtrakcascades.

About Amtrak®

Amtrak – America’s Railroad® – is dedicated to safe and reliable mobility as the nation’s intercity passenger rail service provider and its high-speed rail operator. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak passengers for each of the past five years. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a 10-member board of directors, nine of whom are appointed by the President of the United States plus the Amtrak CEO. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman.  Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Learn more at Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and other information. Check us out at blog.Amtrak.com, Like us on Facebook.com and Follow us on Twitter @Amtrak.

About Amtrak Cascades

The Washington State Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Transportation and Amtrak operate the Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service. Amtrak Cascades service connects 18 cities in the Pacific Northwest region along a 467-mile rail corridor that spans from Eugene, Oregon to Vancouver, BC. Learn more at AmtrakCascades.com.

About Zipcar

Zipcar is the world’s leading car sharing network, driven by a mission to enable simple and responsible urban living. With its wide variety of self-service vehicles available by the hour or day, Zipcar operates in urban areas and university campuses in over 500 cities and towns across Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Zipcar offers the most comprehensive, most convenient and most flexible car sharing options available. Zipcar is a subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAR), a leading global provider of vehicle rental services. More information is available at www.zipcar.com.

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