ARLINGTON, VA (May 20, 2020) – FLARE, an electric shuttle service, has adapted to its vehicles to ensure passenger health and safety once its service resumes.

FLARE installed floor to ceiling clear vinyl dividers between each seat and row. FLARE will limit each ride to two passengers, one per row, require passenger masks and provide masks for those who don’t have them, and will regularly use disinfectant on all surfaces between rides. During normal operating conditions, FLARE’s shuttles can accommodate six people including the driver.

“We are looking forward to resuming passenger service with extensive safety measures in place to protect our passengers and drivers,” said FLARE CEO Andres Delgado.

“It is crucial that we make arrangements to provide passengers with peace of mind as we begin to live with our ‘new normal’ for the time being. With our electric shuttles, we’re well-positioned to ensure passenger safety compared to other modes of mass transportation.

“The need for reliable, equitable, and sustainable transportation will only increase as the economy begins its recovery. FLARE was created to connect neighborhoods together and provide that crucial last-mile transportation. We are all longing to be re-connected in person. Our shuttles will be there to help our communities do that,” said Delgado.

Since stay-at-home orders began in March, FLARE shifted gears to pick up and delivery of food donations to support community relief efforts, instead of the passengers it was designed to carry.

FLARE recently launched its Meals for Community Heroes Program that is connecting local restaurants and sponsors with those on the front lines of the COVID-19 response in Arlington County and the organizations supporting these efforts. FLARE is encouraging restaurants, potential sponsors, and recipient organizations to sign up at: https://flarerides.com/meals-for-heroes/.

FLARE is working with the Columbia Pike Revitalization Organization to deliver lunch for Virginia Hospital Center staff every Tuesday and Friday.

FLARE has partnered with the Ballston Business Improvement District to collect and deliver food donations from five locations in Ballston for the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) every Friday.

FLARE, in partnership with the Crystal City Civic Association and Crystal City Business Improvement District, is currently collecting and transporting food donations for AFAC in 10 apartment buildings in Crystal City 

In March, FLARE partnered with the Aurora Heights Civic Association, and delivered over 800 lbs. of food for the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

About: FLARE Technology and Services was founded in 2019 in Arlington, Va. Its mission is to build equitable, sustainable, and accessible transportation systems. The company provides electric vehicle shuttle service in south Arlington, and is building partnerships to connect area residents with local amenities and transit options. Further, the company will be a platform for testing and implementing technologies for new types of vehicles specifically designed for urban areas. Workforce and technology development are also among the company’s guiding principles. For more information, visit www.FlareRides.com; Twitter: @FlareRides; Instagram: flare_rides   

To schedule an interview with FLARE, please contact Kelly Oliver at 703-307-9404 or Kelly@kellyoliverpr.com.

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