LTD launching free EmGo service in downtown Eugene

Starting Aug. 23, eco-friendly vehicles will be at the ready to give you a ride, and it won’t cost you a dime.

Posted: Aug 16, 2019 6:17 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A new program from the Lane Transit District is revving its engines in downtown Eugene.

Starting Aug. 23, eco-friendly vehicles will be at the ready to give you a ride, and it won’t cost you a dime.

You’ll be able to access the new mobility-on-demand service, EmGo, through an app on your smartphone, similar to Uber and Lyft, and it’s free.

You’ll order a ride using the app and can be taken to any of the 70 stops provided by the service, which are located throughout downtown from Charnelton Street to High Street and from 5th Avenue to 13th Avenue. There is also a stop in the courthouse district.

The five-passenger, all-electric vehicles can travel nearly 70 miles before needing a recharge. Their top speed is 25 mph. Each cost about $40,000. Four of them were bought with Statewide Transportation Improvement Funds, and a fifth is owned by RideZero, a local service provider that will operate the service.

“I’m excited that it’s a green service, and they’re going to be relieving some of the other congestion and parking issues downtown,” RideZero driver Rod Graves said. “I think it’s a great service for both tourism and the businesses.”

The EmGo will run Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The state, City of Eugene, Lane County and Lane Council of Governments have invested funds to partner with LTD to offer the free pilot service for one year.

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