Free EV Shuttle Service Ready to Roll Downtown
Jan 26, 2017 05:26PM ● Published by Jeanne Fratello
A city-wrapped vehicle, one of six in the new Downtowner EV fleet
The Downtowner has an initial fleet of six six-seater electric vehicles that will "hit the road" in Manhattan Beach on Wednesday, February 1. Its official hours of operation will be 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., seven days a week.
The service area during the six-month pilot period is from El Porto to 1st street, and from the Manhattan Beach Pier to Pacific Ave.
One of the cars will be available for viewing at the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market on Tuesday, January 31, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The car will not be taking rides, but it will be there for people to get acquainted with, take pictures, and download the app.
The initial six vehicles are being stored and charged on the first level of the Metlox garage, but Stroman emphasized that no existing parking spaces are being used or given up for the service. The space where the vehicles are stored has been unused since Metlox first opened, she said.
The Manhattan Beach City Council had approved the electric shuttle pilot program last June, in response to ongoing concerns about parking in busy beach-side parking districts. Many downtown businesses, along with the the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business and Professional's Association, have advocated for this kind of service to alleviate the parking crunch during peak shopping and dining times.
Advertising sponsorships for the initial fleet is sold out, but inquiries for future sponsorships may be directed to http://www.ridedowntowner.com/cities/manhattan-beach.