Temporary Parking Solutions: Chariot, Lyft, & Valet


Downtown Ferndale’s new mixed-use parking development on Troy, or The dot, breaks ground in early 2019. The dot was developed by and for the community to address the long-known challenge of limited parking. It’s meant to provide a parking solution that fits the Ferndale style, also providing a mix of office space, retail, and residential, that meets the needs of our downtown today and in the future.

While work on The dot is being planned and executed, the City is providing several temporary parking solutions to support businesses, residents, and visitors of the downtown. Read on for more information about Chariot, Lyft, valet, and more.

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Chariot has arrived in downtown Ferndale, offering a new and easy way for visitors and patrons to get around.

The City has partnered with microtransit service Chariot, a division of Ford Mobility, 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.

Who can use Chariot?

Chariot is available to all! If you're planning to visit or commute to downtown Ferndale, Chariot is for you.

How much does Chariot cost?

During this 6-9 month pilot program, Chariot will be free to riders.

How do I use Chariot?

Download the Chariot app, available via iOS or Android. You will be asked to create an account with your email address and verify your phone number. Once that is complete, you are ready to book a ride on one of the 7-passenger, wheelchair-accessible Ford Transit vans.

What is the route?

The route will include eight total stops between Pleasant Ridge and Ferndale: Ferndale Foods, Kulick Community Center, Axle Brewing Co. Livernois Tap, W Troy St and Allen Rd, First United Methodist, SMART Woodward NB (Woodward and 9 Mile), Sylvan Ave and Indiana Ave, Oxford Park, and SMART SB Woodward (Woodward and 9 Mile). Please check the app or visit Chariot.com for the most up-to-date list of stops.

What are the hours?

One Chariot will run from 4 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, with a second Chariot operating during peak hours from 5 to 10:30 p.m.

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Ferndale Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has partnered with the app-based ride-sharing service Lyft on their Door to Downtown program. The idea is simple: providing easy, cost-effective ride sharing for downtown employees to make it easier for people to get to work, as well as to free up spaces in the downtown parking system.

How does it work?

Business owners help their visitors and employees get downtown without disruption by offering a pre-paid Lyft coupon code. Available on a limited first-come, first-served basis.

How do I get my Lyft coupon codes?

Contact the DDA at 248-546-1632 to learn more and get started.

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Head to downtown Ferndale and don't give parking a second thought—fast, easy, and free valet parking will be available during portions of The dot construction courtesy of the City of Ferndale and the Downtown Development Authority.

Where will the valet be located?

The valet stand, provided by StarTrax, will be located in the business alley between 9 Mile businesses and the Withington Parking Lot. Use Planavon St. to access the business alley—it's now open to two-way traffic. Drop off your vehicle at the stand, located behind Dye Salon and Liberty Tax, then stroll up the pedestrian walkway to access downtown shops, restaurants, and events.

When will valet be offered?

Check back for an update, or subscribe to ParkFerndale alerts for up-to-the-minute information.


You might be used to heading to the same high-profile lot when you visit downtown Ferndale, but the City actually has twelve municipal lots, each a short walk to downtown. Next time you visit, remember to look for the green Park Here #WalkFerndale signs, indicating a convenient but lesser-used parking lot.

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