App-based shuttle service Chariot to launch first public routes in Austin tomorrow, Dec. 7

Chariot App-based transportation company Chariot will launch its first public shuttle routes in Austin tomorrow, Dec. 7.[/caption]

Chariot, an app-based shuttle van that has been running a route through the Market District surrounding the Whole Foods Market on North Lamar Boulevard, will bring its first public routes online tomorrow.

The commuter service will operate a route serving South Lamar Boulevard—including the Bouldin, Barton Hills and Zilker neighborhoods—and the Riverside Rover, which will run along Lakeshore Boulevard and Travis Heights to downtown (click the links for route maps).

Taking the shuttle will cost around $4-$5, but the San Francisco-based startup is providing free rides throughout the month to celebrate its Austin launch.

Chariot users can vote on where the company should locate its next several commuter routes.

The startup began Oct. 10 an initial service in Austin, its first expansion city. The shuttle route takes employees of Whole Foods Market and advertising agency GSD&M to work from the MetroRail Downtown stop.

Chariot will celebrate its launch at an open-to-the-public event tomorrow hosted by Parlor & Yard and beginning at 6 p.m. Entry is free for anyone who has downloaded the app and signed up for a rider account.
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