Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) moves forward with the Downtown Tampa Autonomous Mobility Service Project
A Transit Industry Game Changer
HART recently selected Stantec to provide Autonomous Mobility Services for the Marion Street Transitway. HART is responsible for providing public transportation service within Hillsborough County, including the City of Tampa. The Autonomous Mobility Service project will be funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
This project is the first continuously operated shared autonomous project in the United States that will function in an open environment on public roads with mixed traffic. There have been similar autonomous projects in the United States; however, the autonomous shuttles have only operated within the confines of private land, and therefore does not interact with mixed traffic outside of the private property boundaries. "A downtown autonomous vehicle (AV) service will address current mobility needs in downtown, and act as a catalyst project for further autonomy in transportation throughout the Tampa Bay region." said HART Chief Executive Officer Katharine Eagan.
Under the Autonomous Mobility Service project, HART will demonstrate their leadership in the push to deploy low-speed automated vehicles by embarking on a one-year pilot program (with an option for four additional years). "We strongly value our partnerships and look forward to working together for the enhancement of safety and mobility through the utilization of technology," David Gwynn, FDOT District Seven Secretary said.The entire team, which includes Coast Autonomous, is tasked with delivering the self-driving vehicles and conducting the pilot testing.
The self-driving shuttle, which will be equipped with advanced technology and connected vehicle technology to transport passengers along the corridor during daytime hours. As part of the project, the team will also study corridor improvement needs and deliver recommendations to HART. This pilot program will operate in conjunction with the broader HART public transportation network. The project will document the safety benefits of such a service and bring Automated Vehicles (he AV) forward within a Connected Vehicle (CV) environment.
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MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION:
Sandra Morrison, HART Public Information Officer, (813) 384-6610, (813) 545-5497 cell, MorrisonS@goHART.org