Here's some news that will impact your weekend plans. Chariot, which hit the Austin market last fall, is offering a new shuttle service between the West Sixth and Rainey Street entertainment districts during the month of February.
The San Francisco-based company creates easy shuttle commutes by crowd-sourcing suggestions from the community. The downtown route will be Chariot's first nightlife offering, and it will start as a month-long promotion.
Fourteen-passenger shuttles run every 30 minutes between 10 pm and 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Rides cost $3.50 per person — cheaper than a drink at most bars.
There are six pick-up and drop-off stations between West Sixth and Rainey Street, which can be viewed on the Chariot app. To ensure that Austinites have the option of a safe ride home, one stop is located near Republic Square, a Capital Metro bus hub, and another is near the MetroRail's downtown terminal.
This service is the result of a partnership between Chariot and the newly formed West Sixth Business Association, a group of bars and restaurants in the neighborhood. The latter is "exploring creative mobility solutions to mitigate transportation and parking issues that are impacting business," according to a statement.
The Chariot app is available for download on iPhone and Android devices. New users can get their first five rides for free with the code "WEST6TH."