In October 2017, Pecan Street Inc. was awarded $1M from DOE’s Vehicle Technology Program to implement the Electric Last Mile (ELM) Project. Pecan Street and Capital Metro, along with Electric Cab of North America, Austin Transportation Department, and Austin Energy have established low-speed electric shuttle circulators in two Austin neighborhoods, with an additional route to launch in May to connect residents with major transit stops, retail, medical facilities, and more.

The ELM Project tackles two major barriers to reducing transportation emissions:

  1. Access to public transportation
  2. Vehicle electrification

Our goal is to double the use of public transportation in each of the three pilot neighborhoods using an all-electric, zero emissions, private fleet of low-speed vehicles.

The project will also experiment with various autonomous vehicle technologies to further improve access to public transportation in residential and mixed-use neighborhoods, and we will make the insights and lessons learned available to other communities facing similar challenges to consumer adoption of mass transit.

This project will achieve:

  1. Reduction in neighborhood traffic congestion and improved safety
  2. Increase in general neighborhood mobility
  3. Proof that public transit programs can maximize mobility, energy efficiency, and ROI through public-private partnerships and integration of innovative transit technologies.

Have you taken the eShuttle?

If so, complete a short survey about your experience to be entered in a drawing for a $25 gift card!

 

You can catch a ride with eShuttle several ways:

  • Call or text the dispatch number (see below for dispatch info for each neighborhood)
  • Download the Electric Last Mile app for on-demand trip requests and total trip planning using Capital Metro and eShuttle
  • Hail it on the street!

You can currently take the eShuttle in 3 Austin neighborhoods:

 

Domain

Dispatch: Call/text 737-808-2619

Hours:
Monday – Friday
7am – 12pm and 3:15pm – 7:15pm

 

Downtown

Dispatch: Call/text 737-808-2738

Hours:
Monday – Friday
7am – 12pm

 

Mueller

Dispatch: Call/text 956-752-8454

Hours:
Monday – Friday
7am – 8pm