Board a Chariot to Arts Beats and Eats
Editor's Note: Ford Mobility's app-based shuttle service Chariot will be going out of business effective Feb. 28, 2019. Because of this, the City has ended services as of Saturday, January 12.
Heading to Arts Beats & Eats this weekend? The Cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge and the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority will offer a special Chariot route to help you attend the festival hassle-free, avoiding traffic and parking.
This weekend only, Chariot—Ford Mobility’s app-based microtransit shuttle service—will operate a special route that includes four pickup locations between Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge, with one drop-off location at Arts Beats & Eats (view the route here). Two Chariots will run from 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2, on an approximate 15-minute loop. The service will be free to all passengers.
This weekend’s festival route is a sneak peek at the larger service launching in Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge next month. Beginning September 20, the City will work with Chariot on a 6-9-month pilot program that provides services connecting Ferndale’s downtown and Livernois business district to the surrounding community, neighboring city of Pleasant Ridge, and high-profile events, such as DIY & Funky Ferndale.
The City’s partnership with Chariot will address the first-and last-mile transit challenges during planned development work. The 7-passenger, wheelchair-accessible Ford Transit vans are driven by Chariot’s W-2 employee drivers. Passengers are encouraged to download the Chariot app, available via iOS or Android, to book their seats.