Downtown Kirkwood Connector Pilot Program and Demonstration

Beginning October 26, the Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District (SBD) organization will be offering free transportation within the downtown Kirkwood area during periods when there is high demand for public parking. On Thursdays and Fridays from 5-9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1-9 p.m., free Electric Cab service by Electric Cab North America will be offered at no charge to Downtown Kirkwood visitors. Downtown Kirkwood Connector drivers will not expect payment or tips. Based on demand, the timing of the service is subject to change. The Downtown Kirkwood Connector pilot program is scheduled to operate through November 18. There are plans to extend the pilot program until December 30, 2017.

Downtown Kirkwood Connector services may be accessed by signaling the driver or by phoning a ride request to (314) 252-8889. Downtown Kirkwood Advisory Commission Chairperson and owner of Fun in the Sun, Nancy McGee said, “The Downtown Kirkwood Advisory Commission is very excited to offer the free service to our businesses and their patrons. We are hoping the Connector helps people circulate and explore downtown Kirkwood and we are looking forward to evaluating the results of this pilot program.”

“We are also hopeful that we can help visitors find their way to underutilized parking and that they will access the Connector service to move around downtown Kirkwood. During the time frame that the Connector service operates there are usually open public parking spaces at Kirkwood City Hall, at the Station Plaza garages and customer parking in the northern end of the district. So, we are setting up Connector pick up and drop off stops in those locations” added Donna Poe, Executive Director of Downtown Kirkwood SBD. “Down the road, additional stops could be added,” Poe said.

The Downtown Kirkwood Connector pilot program presentation coincides with the work the City of Kirkwood is doing on a Downtown Kirkwood Master Plan and Parking Study. Thursday, October 19 on the parking lot of Kirkwood City Hall, 139 S. Kirkwood Road, from 5-5:30 p.m., a presentation will be held for the public and downtown Kirkwood business owners to learn more about Electric Cabs and the Downtown Kirkwood Connector pilot program. An Electric Cab will be part of the presentation. Electric Cab demonstration rides will be available following the presentation on October 19 and the Downtown Kirkwood Connector program will begin on the evening of October 26. Following the Connector presentation, at 5:30 p.m., the closing presentation of the City of Kirkwood’s Design Charrette master planning workshops will be held in the Upper Council Chambers.

The Downtown Kirkwood Connector program is organized and funded by Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District. Since 1975, the Downtown Kirkwood organization has served businesses and property owners in downtown Kirkwood through marketing, public area enhancements and administration of Kirkwood Farmers’ Market.