Aspen will test free taxi service

Posted at 9:03 AM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 11:03:27-04

Aspen plans to offer a free on-demand taxi program for residents and visitors this summer.

The Aspen Times reports that the City Council approved a contract with Florida-based Downtowner Inc. on Monday. The company serves a handful of resort towns with its on-demand electric-vehicle taxis.

The three-month pilot program will cost the city $89,250 and will be in place in June, July and August.

According to a discussion at a city council meeting, passengers won't have to pay a fee but a tip is suggested. They can be paid in cash or by using the service's phone apps.

Downtown CEO Stephen Murray says he plans to hire local drivers, starting with five or six.