On-demand autonomous vehicle public transport service in Arlington completes one year of operations

April 08, 2022 | Case Study

With grant funding from the Federal Transit Administration, the City of Arlington partnered with Via Transportation and May Mobility in March 2021 to start the RAPID (Rideshare, Automation, and Payment Integration Demonstration) program to offer autonomous vehicle rides in downtown Arlington and on the University of Texas at Arlington campus. The RAPID fleet includes four hybrid Lexus vehicles and one electric Polaris GEM vehicle with wheelchair capabilities. A rider can summon a vehicle, which currently operates with a safety driver at up to 25 mph, between 12 pm and 6 pm through Via's app. The rides follow Via Transportation's standard pricing scheme with university students receiving a USD 1 discount. In the first year of operation, the RAPID fleet executed roughly 28,000 rides.

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