Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau and Santa Monica Free Ride Partner With Hotels To Launch Shuttle Program

Published on : Friday, June 13, 2014

SANTA-MONICA-CONVENTION-300x154Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) today announced its partnership with Santa Monica Free Ride on the launch of the Santa Monica Shuttle, a free hotel-sponsored service that will transport riders to Downtown Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier, Main Street, and Montana Avenue.

 

The Santa Monica Shuttle consists of three electric vehicles wrapped in Santa Monica destination branding that will be regularly available at Shutters on the Beach Hotel, Double Tree Santa Monica Suites and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.

 

The service runs seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. until at least 8 p.m., later on weekends and for special events.

As with Santa Monica Free Ride’s existing service of electric vehicles, the Santa Monica Shuttle is not exclusive to visitors.

 

Any pedestrian can flag down the three hotel-sponsored vehicles to be transported within the service area.

 

SMCVB hopes to expand the program with additional hotel properties sponsoring in the next year.

“Even though 80% of visitors prefer to walk once they’ve arrived in Santa Monica, we are always looking for new ways that encourage visitors to go car-free,” said Santa Monica CEO/President Misti Kerns.

 

“We are thrilled to partner with Santa Monica Free Ride to provide a fun, free and eco-friendly service that not only enhances our destination experience, but also frees up busy parking lots, reduces environmental impacts to our community and delivers visitors directly to our amazing local businesses.”

“SMCVB has been very supportive since we set our sights on expanding to Santa Monica and we couldn’t be happier to partner directly with them on this unique program,” said Santa Monica Free Ride Founder Jason Bagley.

 

“It strengthens our overall presence in the market and creates a great balance of serving visitors and locals alike.”

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