P&T to replace
motor pool with rental cars
needing a car to travel on University business no longer have
to make the trip to Parking
and Transportation's motor pool on Millmont Road to pick up
an aging, high-mileage sedan.
The University recently contracted with Enterprise Rent-A-Car
for motor pool services, which will provide the University with
a greater variety of newer cars at "very favorable"
rates, said P&T director Al Whalley -- and they pick you up.
think the renting people around the University will like this
better," he said.
of the new agreement, including instructions for setting up an
account, are available on the University's travel Web page, http://minerva.acc.Virginia.
EDU/~travel/. The site for making reservations is https://www.eracuva.com/.
For information, call Enterprise at 974-7488.
currently has 57 motor pool vehicles. It expects to retain a few
vans to supplement its bus charter service and sell cars that
meet certain standards to the state. The rest will likely be disposed
of as surplus property, Whalley said. Departments that have long-term
arrangements through the motor pool will retain their vehicles,
but under the aegis of the central motor pool in Richmond, he
will continue to maintain University vehicles at its Millmont
facility, Whalley stressed. No jobs will be lost, he added.
switch became necessary because "we couldn't afford the capital
costs and do it the way we wanted to," Whalley said. Cars
were being replaced approximately every 4 1/2 years, after accumulating
odometer readings well into six figures, leading to an increasing