If the MTA’s “summer of hell” has got you down, here’s yet alternative for your morning and evening commute. It’s an idea that might amuse anyone who’s accustomed to taking those $1 vans that go back-and-forth between Chinatown, Flushing and Sunset Park.
Ford Motor Co. is announcing today that it’s Chariot shuttle service will be debuting on the Lower East Side and in Brooklyn next month.
There will be a pick-up at Avenue C and Houston Street. The shuttle will then head up Avenue C to East 7th Street and East 14th Street before connecting with Second Avenue and ending up at Madison and 42nd Street. Each ride costs $4; you pay via Chariot’s app. There will be 60 vans by the fall, each carrying a maximum of 14 passengers. There’s another route between Dumbo and Greenpoint. Both were chosen by Ford’s data analytics team, which is focused on finding gaps in the mass transit system.
Crowd sourcing is part of the concept. On the app, you can nominate new routes. How long do you think it will take people to start lobbying for Grand Street service?