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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Faculty Student Association

FSA Business Office
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Phone: 718-270-3187
Fax: 718-270-3845
MailStop: 1219
Location: Student Center
450 Clarkson Avenue
Rm 2-09
Hours: M-F 9am to 5pm, except holidays
Email: FSA Business Office Team eMail


Zipcar: Wheels When You Want Them.

zipcar logoSave and help the environment more when you share your rides and errands with fellow students! 


For ALL Downstate Students, Faculty, Staff, and affiliated entities. Gas & insurance are included. Being a member of Zipcar eliminates maintenance, car payments, parking and parking tickets amongst other things. We all know the hassles of owning a car while on campus and we wanted to give you a solution: Zipcar. You can avoid the pains of having your own car on campus all while helping the environment because Zipcar, the world's largest car sharing organization, offers a convenient and ecofriendly alternative to owning an automobile. FSA has partnered with Zipcar to bring “wheels when you want them” to Downstate. Two Zipcars are located in the State Garage on E34th Street. Low DMC discounted membership rate is $25/ yr - that's a 42% savings over the Zipcar standard rate of $60/yr). Usage rates start at $9 per hour & $83 per day (weekends start at $9.75/hr. & $108/day) not inclusive of tax and tolls. Questions? Call Zipcar at: 1-866-4ZIPCAR (1-866-494-7227)

Zipcar Users: DMC State Parking Garage Rules (135 E34th St. Brooklyn NY 11203-2098):

Zipcar dedicated parking spaces #212 & 213 - 2nd floor on the E35th side, adjacent to the 2nd Floor EAST elevator. There's signs on both spaces indicating "Reserved for Zipcars Only ". Please make sure you return the Zipcars to these marked spaces - you may need to move the red cones out of the way.

IF THERE is an illegal car parked in the Zipcar space when you return your Zipcar, please immediately REPORT it to the garage attendant at the garage exit booth. The attendant will instruct you on where to temporarily park the Zipcar. We will contact the illegal parker to move their vehicle, then we will move the Zipcar into its dedicated space. PLEASE DO NOT park the zipcar in some other RESERVED space unless the attendant gives you permission, otherwise, that space owner will likely be furious if the Zipcar occupies their space (which hurts DMC's zipcar program).

All other State Garage users: Please be a good neighbor & DON'T park in the Zipcar spaces # 212 & 213!

Students with Drive

Zipcar's Students with Drive Program is back! To participate in the program, students are encouraged to visit the “Students with Drive” tab on Zipcar’s University at starting today. Additional details on the program.

Go Green

To join, apply online to Zipcar (link). Once a member of Zipcar you'll have access to the 2 SUNY Downstate Medical Center vehicles that live at the DMC State Garage as well as the Zipcar network of more than 8,000 vehicles throughout North America and the United Kingdom, and with over 3400 vehicles living in New York alone.

Students: Plan your trips! This service is even more cost effective when you share your rides for local road-trips and errands that you go on regularly.

Faculty & Staff: When the DMC Transportation Unit can’t accommodate your specific business needs for local off-site meetings during the day, consider using the Zipcar instead. Join now so it’s immediately available to you when you need to reserve it in the future.

When a State employee utilizes a Zipcar rental, their rental is automatically charged to that Zipcar member's account (which they applied for and is tied to the member's credit card). The employee reserves the car online through the online Zipcar reservation process and after completing the rental, the employee can print off a receipt from their Zipcar account (online). The employee then submits a standard Travel Voucher for reimbursement noting the purpose of the rental (meeting at Bay Ridge site, etc...) and amount, sign by supervisor & submit the Travel Voucher to State A/P @ box 54.

The DMC vehicles are open to all Zipcar members, so we recommend you reserve your vehicle online as early as possible. As DMC membership and vehicle utilization grows in the future, DMC will consider opportunities to increase the on-site fleet.


Sign Up!

It's easy - go to Zipcar

Call Zipcar at: 1-866-4ZIPCAR (1-866-494-7227)

  • You sign up for Zipcar on the web and pay your annual membership via credit card. The application allows you to select your ZipCard mailed to  (plan on 3 to 7 days) or pickup at a local Zipcar office if you need it ASAP. Your initial SUNY-DMC affiliation approval is expedited if you use your DMC eMail address - you can always change it later to a personal eMail address. The DMC discounted rate is $25 year- a savings of 66%, and several different rental value plans are posted on the Zipcar site.
  • You get a Zipcard card in the mail once you're approved which functions as your access (key) to the vehicle.
  • All vehicles reservations are done on line in real time on the Zipcar site. Using your iPhone, Blackberry, or their simple on-line reservation system you can book Zipcars throughout the Zipcar network … from Mini Coopers to Pick-up Trucks, Mini vans to BMWs!