Girardin manufactures commercial buses and allowable alternate vehicle bodies mounted on GMC, Chevrolet and Ford single or dual rear- wheel cutaway chassis, ranging from nine to 30 passengers.
Gannon, 47, served as interim GM from March 2016 until now. He was Metro Deputy GM from 2013-2016, and Human Resources manager for the King County DOT from 2011-2013.
The project would be one of the first of its kind in the U.S. utilizing autonomous technology and has the potential to become a genuine problem solver, according to FDOT and HART.
Long-term deals on fuel and increased non-fare revenue have helped CTA cope with reduced funding from the state and a decline in ridership, which fell to just under 500 million in 2016.
In a separate ordinance, the city agreed to stop removing currently illegal benches at some stops unless they are unsafe.
Obstacles include privacy and security concerns, to a lack of infrastructure and the need for a legislative framework.
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