Mobility

First Transit brings autonomous shuttles to Texas sports fans

Posted on August 15, 2017

Each shuttle can carry 12 passengers operating for 14 hours on a single battery charge. For passengers needing additional assistance, the shuttles are equipped with a button to activate a retractable ramp.
Each shuttle can carry 12 passengers operating for 14 hours on a single battery charge. For passengers needing additional assistance, the shuttles are equipped with a button to activate a retractable ramp.

First Transit announced its third implementation of autonomous vehicle (AV) passenger shuttles in North America, launching two AV passenger shuttles for the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau (ACVB) in Texas.

The AV passenger shuttles will offer convenient transportation connecting sports fans heading to Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, and AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, from parking lots surrounding both stadiums.

“We are excited to be a part of the innovative mobility solution that the ACVB is bringing to the City of Arlington,” says Brad Thomas, president of First Transit. “Showcasing this new technology allows us to increase awareness by promoting connectivity, growth, and vibrancy.”

First Transit will operate and provide maintenance for the initial two AV passenger shuttles. The shuttles will run on a fixed-route stopping at designated stops for all home games, connecting fans to nearby parking lots. Each AV passenger shuttle will have a First Transit customer ambassador agent onboard for passenger questions and information.

The AV passenger shuttle is designed to travel short distances using pre-programmed routes. Each shuttle is equipped with a sensor and intelligent vehicle system to detect obstacles. Each shuttle can carry 12 passengers operating for 14 hours on a single battery charge. For passengers needing additional assistance, the shuttles are equipped with a button to activate a retractable ramp.

“Milo, the name of the Arlington AV shuttles, is a prime example of the City of Arlington’s interest in the next wave of transportation technology,” said Jay Warren, marketing communications manager for the City of Arlington. “Our City Council and Mayor see an opportunity for Arlington to lead the way in implementing creative transportation solutions.

First Transit announced its first AV passenger shuttle pilot at the Bishop Ranch Office Park in San Ramon, California. The second announcement was the partnership with GoMentum Station.

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