City of Orlando & Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority
The SWAN Shuttle program helps advance Orlando’s Future-Ready efforts and furthers the city’s goals of having a connected community by investing in state-of-the-art technology and offering sustainable transit solutions that are safe, efficient and environmentally friendly.
Beep, the City of Orlando and Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) partnered to deliver the city’s first autonomous shuttle pilot in an urban environment. The autonomous pilot, called SWAN Shuttle (Shuttling With Autonomous Navigation), will provide the city and LYNX data and learnings to guide the city’s transportation strategy on how shared, electric and autonomous vehicles can enhance accessibility, improve the quality of life for residents and ensure the city remains future-ready and sustainable.
Residents, visitors and businesses will have access to the fare-free SWAN Shuttles seven days a week in Creative Village starting on August 20, 2023. The roughly one-mile route will have five stops connecting LYNX Central Station and SunRail to UCF/Valencia Downtown, Luminary Green Park, Electronic Arts (EA), and Parramore and Creative Village residents and businesses. The shuttles will operate in the existing bus lane dedicated to the LYMMO Orange line in the early-afternoon and evening from 10:00am to 2:00pm and 6:30pm to 10:30pm.
At each of the project locations, Beep leverages its experience in safely testing and monitoring autonomous mobility networks while gathering operational data and insights on shuttle operations and rider perceptions.
Closing Statement“The City of Orlando believes communities must be connected to thrive and so we are always looking at new ways to embrace creative, innovative ways to do this,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “With the expansion of autonomous vehicle shuttles into our neighborhoods, we can converge cutting-edge technology with new mobility solutions to further redefine the way our community moves.”
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The Florida Department of Transportation partnered with Altamonte Springs to fund the project so the City can serve as a testbed for the AV shuttle project and provide data on implementing the technology in other municipalities. The pilot provides convenient and sustainable transport options to connect people to major activity centers.
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