Toronto will be getting driverless transit shuttles soon, at least for a while. Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the city is set to launch an automated shuttle trial beginning in 2020.
Tory announced the trial during the Opening Plenary for the 2019 National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Designing Cities conference, which brings together over 900 officials, practitioners, and planners to push the state of transportation forward.
This will be the first automated transit shuttle trial in Canada, which will help us better understand the specific potential of automated shuttles in the transit system.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) September 9, 2019
The automated shuttle pilot will connect West Rouge to the Rouge Hill GO Station, and the government will be conducting public consultations about the implementation. The driverless shuttles would seat between eight-to-12 people, and will travel in low-speed, low-volume areas. During the pilot, the project will have “ambassadors” staffing the vehicle, although an on-board driver isn’t required.
“The pilot in partnership with Metrolinx and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) will allow the city to better understand the feasibility of automated shuttles in Toronto’s already robust transit system,” the city explains.
Lead photo courtesy of Ron Loewen on Twitter.