Huntington Town Officials along with representatives of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce, Huntington Village BID, The Paramount, and Qwik Ride held a ribbon-cutting to officially launch free shuttle services to the public and employees of businesses in Huntington Village.
The shuttle is free and paid for by advertising on the vehicles, which are brightly colored, luxury, six-passenger electric golf courts. The aim of the program is to have village employees park in remote lots on the outskirts of the village to free up parking for customers and restaurant patrons. The Qwik Ride shuttle service expands upon and is offered in addition to The Paramount’s mandatory private employee shuttle program, which has been in effect for over a year and a half. Paramount employees are required to park at Town Hall on show nights and get shuttled to work, freeing up anywhere from 30 to 50 parkings spots, according to Paramount’s Dom Catoggio.
Several restaurants have signed on to support the village employee parking initiative. They include Almarco Italian Grill, Christopher's, Honu, Jonathan's Ristorante, Kashi Japanese, Meehan's, Neraki, New York Panini and Old Fields Barbecue.
The Qwik Ride shuttle service is launching with five electric air-conditioned/heated vehicles with TVs, sound systems and lighting. The vehicles can be charged at either of two charging stations at Town Hall or the three charging stations located at The Paramount.
The free service is app-based and will run year-round, daily from 3:30 p.m. through midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 3:30 p.m. through 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. The shuttle will make stops at the municipal parking lots located at Town Hall and near Prime in Halesite, and Rite Aid and Besito in Huntington Village, as well as requests for pick up at other village locations all through the Qwik Ride app. Find it it QwikRides.com.