Monday, 29 March 2021 20:13

Arlington, TX, Launches On-Demand Self-Driving Shuttle Service

Written by Susan Schrock, City of Arlington Office of Communications


...transit innovation, building on the launch of one of the nation’s first microtransit systems with a self-driving vehicle platform that is fully integrated into the public transit network,” said Daniel Ramot, co-founder and CEO of Via. “We are proud to expand Via’s long-term relationship with the city as we offer residents an exciting new way to use public transportation.”


May Mobility is providing the fleet of five autonomous vehicles, which comprises four hybrid electric Lexus RX 450h vehicles that can carry up to three passengers and one Polaris GEM fully electric vehicle that can carry one wheelchair passenger. While the vehicles are self-driving, a trained fleet attendant will be in the driver’s seat at all times to ensure safe operations and to provide customer service for riders.


“The Arlington RAPID program is important for May Mobility as we evolve our service with a more flexible and convenient on-demand option powered by Via on our Lexus RX 450h vehicles,” said Edwin Olson, co-founder and CEO of May Mobility. “We are proud to partner with the City of Arlington, who is leading the way in new mobility solutions. This opportunity will play a crucial role in advancing our technology development and our overall mission to transform cities with safe, clean and accessible self-driving shuttles.”


The RAPID service area is generally bounded by Division Street to the north, Mary Street to the east, Mitchell Street to the south and Davis Drive to the west.


Riders traveling to and from destinations in this service area can book and pay for rides through the Via app or by calling Via’s customer service line at 817-784-7382. Via’s standard fares apply to rides taken on RAPID by the general public. Because of UTA’s participation in the pilot program, UTA students can ride the RAPID service for free.


Greg Hladik, UT Arlington director of parking and transportation, said the autonomous vehicles offer students another mode of transportation to get around campus and downtown Arlington.


“This is an exciting program for the university and we will add it to the menu of transportation options that our students enjoy,” Hladik said. “I’m sure it will be a popular option among students who have embraced these new modes of transportation in the past. We look forward to working with the city, Via and May Mobility in this new transportation endeavor.”


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