TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority plans to bring an autonomous vehicle program to Toledo in 2019.
The test program is expected to run for approximately three years. TARTA says it will receive a $1.8 million grant from the Federal Highway Administration. The grant is expected to fully fund the program, so no local tax dollars will be used.
The autonomous shuttle bus will transport passengers along a yet-to-be-determined route in the Toledo area. The route will likely connect several popular downtown destinations. A driver will be present on the self-driven vehicle for safety reasons.
The program makes Toledo one of the first cities in the nation to explore using autonomous vehicles for public transit.
TARTA CEO-General Manager Jim Gee said, “This grant from the Federal Highway Administration makes it possible for Toledo to be on the cutting edge of new technologies. TARTA is proud to play a role in the evolution of public transit on a national and even global scale, especially in a way that makes significant contributions to Northwest Ohio. It is an exciting time for TARTA and public transit in Toledo.”