COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The City of Columbus and Hopper Carts introduced a pilot venture in the Short North to check a free neighborhood shuttle. The carts will hit the streets beginning May 1 for a two-month pilot. Rides could also be accessed by way of a telephone software. The space coated will probably be roughly Nationwide Boulevard north to Fifth Avenue.
Parking and security are two of probably the most talked about points in the Short North, and the house owners of Hopper Carts stated they’ve been listening to the identical factor. They consider this free shuttle will assist free up extra of those meters for individuals who actually need them, and ensure individuals get residence safely.
“We really saw there was a problem in the Short North with parking, and we wanted to find a way to alleviate it,” stated co-proprietor Chris Potts.
The 6-passenger car will convey individuals from their entrance door to the Short North free of cost. The City of Columbus and Hopper Carts hope it makes life just a little simpler for many who reside, work, and go to right here. A number of residents already assume that.
“As somebody who worked down here, finding parking, running after your meter every three hours, paying for that, paying for tickets,” stated Short North resident Lisa Fox. “I think it’s really something a lot of people would appreciate and utilize.”
While parking is a matter that even City Council has tried to unravel, it isn’t the one situation on the minds of individuals in the Short North.
It’s been two months since Ohio State scholar Reagan Tokes was kidnapped and killed after leaving her job in the Short North.
Even although there’s been an arrest, the mindset of the group has already modified.
“There’s an element of fear. People don’t feel so comfortable coming down to the Short North anymore especially in light of some of thing things that happened this year,” stated Brooke Vaughn Saige.
Vaughan Saige believes this shuttle begin to change that.
“It’s not going to solve the problem, but I think it will maybe be a step to start and trust the neighborhood again.”
The house owners additionally stated this service will assist individuals get higher entry to all of the small companies alongside the High Street strip.