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Northport's free e-ride service starts this weekend

Vehicles similar to this one seen in Patchogue

Vehicles similar to this one seen in Patchogue will soon be on the streets of downtown Northport. Credit: Qwik Ride

Next stop on your Qwik Ride trip: downtown Northport.

Village officials announced Wednesday the free app-based car service will launch in Northport this weekend.

Three electric golf cart-style vehicles will serve the village. The days and hours are still being determined, according to village officials.

“We think it will be a win-win,” said Deputy Mayor Thomas Kehoe. The service is free for riders, aside from tipping their drivers. Kehoe said the village will allow Qwik Ride to charge its electric-powered vehicles at the village’s wastewater treatment plant for a fee.

The program will help relieve the “congested situation on Main Street” and help reduce driving while impaired incidences, he said.

Qwik Ride started in downtown Patchogue in May and has expanded to Huntington Village, with Port Jefferson the next expansion. The company is funded through advertising on its vehicles, according to its founders.

The vehicles seat five passengers and will be limited to local roads since the maximum speed is below highway minimums.

To use the service, passengers need to download the Qwik Ride app.

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