The Regional Transportation District (RTD) launched a first-of-its-kind pilot project in Colorado: a first-, last-mile connection to a rail station using a driverless shuttle. As described on the RTD’s website, this project is a partnership between various stakeholders that introduces EasyMile’s autonomous vehicle demonstration on a public roadway.
The project goal is to assess the reliability and availability of an autonomous vehicle shuttle service and its applicability to a transit application. Specifically, the project objectives are as follows:
- Introduce autonomous vehicle technology safely on a public roadway in the Denver metro area
- Provide additional connectivity between station and businesses and residential areas
- Explore first-, last-mile solutions for future growth throughout the district
- Test autonomous vehicle technology in a transit setting.
Started in January of 2019, the shuttle has been running on weekdays from 10 AM to 6 PM. While ridership is not one of the goals of the project, many passengers and residents have come by to take a ride.
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