St. Petersburg, FL

PSTA – St Petersburg

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority partnered with Beep to create a first-mile, last-mile solution along a redeveloped waterfront and tourist corridor.

Introduction

AVA, the Autonomous Vehicle Advantage, launched in Pinellas County showcases innovation in transportation with safe, efficient, and clean-energy technology that benefits the community.

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The Route

The Autonomous Vehicle Advantage (AVA), launched on Bayshore Drive with Beep and the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority in the City of Saint Petersburg. It is the first, fully electric autonomous vehicle fleet launched by a transit agency in mixed traffic. Through the Florida Department of Transportation funded project, Beep partnered with PSTA to provide a first-mile and last-mile solution along Bayshore Drive with four stops connecting a hotel, museums, pier, yacht club and Cross Bay ferry service. The free shuttle service operated alongside a bi-directional bike path, cars, buses and other modes of transportation. The vehicle is equipped with an ADA compliant ramp and a Q’Straint system that is deployed by the onboard co-pilot to assist passengers. During the four month pilot the service safely operated nearly 860 hours and transported nearly 5,000 passenger across more than 2,800 miles.

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The Results

The free shuttle service operated alongside a bi-directional bike path, cars, buses and other modes of transportation. The vehicle was equipped with an ADA compliant ramp and a Q’Straint system that was deployed by the onboard co-pilot to assist passengers. During the four month pilot, the service safely operated nearly 860 hours and transported nearly 5,000 passenger across more than 2,800 miles.

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Explore PSTA

Future plans for PSTA include testing additional AV platforms in various use cases within Pinellas County, including Dunedin and Clearwater, to service a spring training facility, retail, residential area and beachfront. Future projects will be funded through Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority and the City of Dunedin.

The Reviews

Media Coverage

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Tampa Bay Times

...shares its entire route with cars, bicyclists, bus...

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Mass Transit Magazine

...first of its kind autonomous vehicle pilot...

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WFLA

...a new form of transportation downtown...

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I Love the Burg

...help safely connect people to places...

Closing Statement

“We are beyond excited for the community to try this all new experience with AVA. Like an attraction at Disney World, we hope all who come to enjoy AVA leave with a better understanding of how technology can help enhance safety all while providing clean-energy solutions that could transform transportation,” said Brad Miller, Chief Executive Officer of PSTA. location thumb

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