A local company called FLARE, which has partnered with Wharf Life DC, will be providing free shuttle rides over the next two weekends between The Wharf and Navy Yard. 

FLARE will operate its two shuttles Saturday and Sunday, February 15th between 11am-2pm and 5-8pm; February 16th between 11am-2pm; February 22nd between 11am-2pm and 5-8pm; and February 23rd from 11am-2pm. Pickup/dropoff points are at The Wharf on 7th Street SW near Hank’s Oyster Bar, and at Navy Yard at 4th and Tingey Street SE.

The FLARE vehicles are fully electric, covered, seat up to five passengers, and have trunk space for bags.

FLARE CEO, Andres Delgado said the company’s goal is “to provide DC area residents with access to sustainable and affordable transportation. We invite DC area residents to take a ride and enjoy the amenities offered at the Wharf and in the Navy Yard.” 

The free rides are part of a test to demonstrate community support for a shuttle service to connect neighborhoods.  Local residents are encouraged to try out the service and engage with the drivers to show their support. The company is also encouraging riders to take selfies and post about their experiences on social media using the hashtag #FLAREDC.

As part of the partnership with Wharf Life DC, several Wharf businesses are supporting the test runs with specials. Union Stage is offering a 10% discount for passengers who mention FLARE, free drink coupons are available from the drivers for Pearl Street Warehouse and Cantina Bambina, and Hank’s Oyster Bar invites FLARE passengers to enjoy happy hour. 

“The service aspect of FLARE is to serve as an amenity transportation for local residents, developers, property managers, and businesses. We’ve tested our model in south Arlington where we’ve shuttled residents to and from the restaurants, shops, and the grocery store, and it’s been a success. The technology aspect of our business is to help the adaption of new technologies with potential to make our roads safer, less congested and efficient,” Delgado said.

 “People need ways to get around town in ways that aren’t always serviced by a bus route or one of the inequitable modes of transportation such as bikes or scooters. Electric shuttle routes are a real solution for communities to experience transformation and growth,” Delgado added.

Published in Wharf Life DC

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