We may live in a desert, but that doesn't mean you can't catch a wave - at least in Chandler’s booming Downtown.
The City has contracted with Electric Cab North America, a Texas company, to provide free shuttle service using an eCab dubbed the “Wave.” Two electric vehicles able to accommodate a driver and five passengers will pick people up from Chandler’s four Downtown parking garages and take them to destinations in and around Chandler’s historic square.
The Wave will operate Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5-9 p.m. The vehicles can be hailed by calling 602-730-5153. In addition to catching the Wave from one of the parking garages, patrons also can wave it down.
The City will kick-off the service at a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, atop Downtown’s new 350-stall parking garage at Oregon and Buffalo streets, part of LGE’s Overstreet development. The event also will celebrate the opening of the garage. The public is invited.
“We are excited to bring this free shuttle service to our residents and visitors and believe it will encourage more people to use our parking garages, while enhancing their overall downtown experience,” said Kim Moyers, Chandler’s Downtown redevelopment manager.
The impetus behind the new service is a wave of new development that is eliminating more than 200 surface parking spaces on vacant property located south of the historic square. The five-acre parcel across from Chandler City Hall is slated for hotel, office and commercial buildings.
“We have plenty of other parking available in nearby garages, but wanted to enhance their convenience by providing this shuttle,” Moyers said. “In addition to driving, shuttle operators will also serve as ambassadors and be able to provide essential information about the various services and establishments available Downtown.”
People can catch the Wave at the following Downtown garages:
- Chandler City Hall, enter off Washington Street, between Frye Road and Chicago Street
- Ports America, near Washington and Buffalo streets
- First Credit Union, near Washington and Boston streets
- Overstreet garage at Oregon and Buffalo streets
Free parking is available 24 hours a day in the Chandler City Hall garage, except in spots marked as reserved. The new Overstreet garage will likewise provide free 24-hour parking. Free parking also is available at the Ports America and First Credit Union garages after 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and all day during the weekends.
For information about the Wave, downtown parking, as well as upcoming Downtown activities, visit Downtown Chandler.