NEWARK, NJ — Saint James AME Church on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is set to host one of the very first docking stations as Newark’s e-scooter partner White Fox begins rolling out the city’s newest mode of public transportation.
Recognizing the church as an optimal community partner to site at least eight of their new e-scooter stations, Saint James AME Pastor Ronald Slaughter said he is proud to team up with White Fox to help local traversers get from one stop to the next as they enjoy the amenities of the downtown area.
“It demonstrates Saint James’ commitment to the community,” Slaughter told TAPinto Newark. “We want people to have accessibility to this alternative transportation. We don’t want people having to go all the way to [Newark] Penn Station or all the way downtown to City Hall. We want them to be able to come right into the community.”
The e-scooter stations will play a key role in the city’s NewarkGo initiative, aimed to promote shared mobility services by linking underserved populations to jobs, schools, housing, health care facilities, grocery stores, mass transit and other essential services.
Newark joins New York City, Chicago, Atlanta and others in embracing scooters as city slickers across the nation look for safer alternatives to mass transportation, particularly as an additional transportation option to promote social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Users 18 and older can use a smartphone app to locate docking stations and unlock a vehicle by scanning its handlebars. At the end of each day, a rebalancing team will ensure that all scooters are evenly distributed.
“White Fox Scooters is very excited to partner with St. James AME Church and Pastor Slaughter, to provide a COVID-19 friendly and affordable transportation solution for the church community and the local neighborhood,” White Fox Founder and CEO Sidd Saxena said.
The White Fox CEO also noted that the company plans on working with Saint James AME to provide discounted ride opportunities for programs and community activities affiliated with the church.
As electric-powered modes of transportation could soon shift to the normal way about town within the next decade, Slaughter highlighted the church’s foresight to jump on this program in its early stages.
“We want to encourage others to get in on the initiative,” the pastor said. “Most times, inner cities don’t have access to the things that downtown and other areas have access to… We want to participate in making things accessible for the community and transform the community.”