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Hopping between these hot Austin districts just got a lot easier

Hopping between these hot Austin districts just got a lot easier

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Chariot will take you from Rainey to West Sixth. Photo by Melody Fury

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."