Chariot to launch late-night shuttle service in downtown Austin tomorrow, Jan. 27

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A different kind of ride-hailing service will be available to downtown revelers starting tomorrow—for a limited time.

Chariot, an app-based shuttle van service, will introduce its first late-night route serving riders going to and from bars and restaurants during the weekends. Beginning Jan. 27, the route will run from Rainey Street to the West Sixth Street entertainment district for a month.

Each chariot van holds 14 passengers, and rides will cost $3.50 per person for the late-night route.



“The new service was created in partnership with the West Sixth Business Association to test new mobility solutions to support local businesses in both neighborhoods and provide a convenient option for residents and visitors traveling between the two high-traffic areas,” a Chariot representative said in an email.

The company in December launched its first public commuter routes, which run during typical commuting hours.

The late-night service, dubbed the West 6th Runner, will operate between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

A December Community Impact Newspaper story revealed plans for the route as part of efforts to revitalize the West Sixth Street district.

Austin is Chariot’s first expansion city. Chariot founder and CEO Ali Vahbzadeh spoke to Community Impact about the role he sees the company playing in addressing the city’s mobility issues.

New Chariot riders can get their first five rides free by signing up with the promo code WEST6TH. For more information on Chariot visit www.chariot.com.

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The Central Austin editor since 2016, JJ covers city government and other topics of community interest—when he's not editing the work of his prolific writers. He began his tenure at Community Impact Newspaper as the reporter for its San Marcos | Buda | Kyle edition covering local government and public education. The Laredo, Texas native is also a web developer whose mission is to make the internet a friendly place for finding objective and engaging news content.
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