Beep is partnering with the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit to bring a self-driving shuttle to the Marion Street transitway in downtown Tampa for a one-year pilot program.
The HART SMART AV program launched with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) in Tampa. It is the first, fully-electric automated vehicle pilot in the Tampa Bay region funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. Beep is partnering with HART to bring the self-driving shuttle to the Marion Street transitway in downtown Tampa for a one-year pilot program.
The service runs Monday to Friday from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm using two NAVYA shuttles. The free shuttle offers four stops along the urban corridor and provides a first-mile, last-mile connection between the TECO Line Streetcar and the Marion Transit Center along North Marion Street. The vehicle is equipped with an ADA compliant ramp, a Q’Straint system, and onboard monitors that display route connections and a map of the route and stops.
Future plans for HART include testing autonomous vehicles in a variety of environments beyond downtown Tampa and in low density areas within Hillsborough County.
Closing Statement“HART is proud to be the regional leader in a new era of transportation innovation in Tampa Bay. HART SMART (Smart Mobility Alongside Regional Transit) AV is a first mile, last mile connection from the TECO Line Streetcar in Ybor City to our bus system in northern downtown Tampa. The shuttle is another option for our riders to get to the places that enhance their lives,” said HART Deputy Chief of Transportation Ruthie Reyes Burckard.
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