Corporate Apartment Specialists, Inc. (CAS) enters collaboration with Zipcar

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Corporate Apartment Specialists, Inc., (CAS), a major corporate housing provider in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, has entered into an agreement with Zipcar, a car-sharing company operating a fleet of vehicles parked throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. The agreement allows CAS to offer Zipcars to its short-term furnished apartment customers at reduced rates. The program officially starts July 1, 2010.

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We want to encourage our clients to leave their cars behind, and this new agreement helps make that possible.” said Ned Scharpf, President, Corporate Apartment Specialists, Inc.

Corporate Apartment Specialists, Inc. (CAS), a major corporate housing provider in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, has entered into a collaborative agreement with Zipcar, a car-sharing company operating a fleet of vehicles parked throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. The agreement allows CAS to offer Zipcars to its short-term furnished apartment customers at reduced rates.

Car-sharing, or self-service cars rentable by the hour, is a growing urban concept aimed at reducing the number of automobiles on urban streets, while encouraging and augmenting the use of public transportation.

Under the program, CAS residents are eligible for ½ price Zipcar membership, waiving of the application fee, and discounted weekday rates. In addition, CAS promises to reimburse its customers for their first 2 hours of Zipcar use and for the other half of the membership fee, making it a no-brainer for many of its corporate housing customers. Additional hours would be the responsibility of CAS residents. Charges (if any) will appear on customers’ monthly invoices.

Most of Corporate Apartment Specialists' 30 locations are within two blocks of a Zipcar. Further, the majority of CAS customers residing in city locations are without a vehicle. These two factors make car-sharing an attractive transportation option for CAS residents. Residents often use public transportation such as Metro for most of their everyday needs. However, Zipcar will be a great solution for trips to destinations off the beaten path. For example, a trip to an out of the way restaurant like L'Auberge Chez Francois would be quite cumbersome via metro, if not downright impossible. However, with Zipcar, it becomes easy.

“Corporate Apartment Specialists, Inc. is dedicated to conservation of the environment and the use of public transportation.” says Ned Scharpf, President. “We also strive to provide our customers with outstanding customer service and value-added amenities. We think our new association with Zipcar helps us achieve all of these goals. We want to encourage our clients to leave their cars behind, and this new agreement helps make that possible.” added Mr. Scharpf in a recent announcement to CAS customers.

At this time, CAS is the only corporate housing provider in the metropolitan area offering car-sharing as a standard amenity.

Corporate Apartment Specialists, Inc. (CAS), founded in December, 1995, has become a leading provider of short-term furnished apartments in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. 2010 revenues are expected to top 5 million dollars. CAS’ customers consist primarily of consulting, government and other commercial clientele coming to the Washington, DC area on short-term assignment. CAS also serves many homeowners who are between homes for various reasons. Corporate Apartment Specialists, Inc. specializes in leases of one to twelve months; all apartments are fully furnished with housewares, utilities, telephone, cable, and high-speed internet included. CAS has corporate apartments in approximately thirty locations throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Studios start at $2,190, one bedrooms at $2,690 and two bedrooms at $3,090. For further information, call Tania Odabashian at (703) 979-2830 or visit CAS’ website at http://www.corporateapartments.com.

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