Self-driving shuttles are headed into a residential neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio, as the city sets out on its second autonomous bus project.
The Linden neighborhood in northeastern Columbus will be the site of a 2.7-mile route for a small, electric autonomous shuttle, capable of carrying about a dozen passengers. The new route, set to be operational in November, will be in addition to an existing AV shuttle route operating in downtown, known as the Smart Circuit. More than 3,300 riders have boarded the three downtown shuttles since they began operating, say city officials.
“While Smart Circuit continues to run downtown, the new Linden route will instead operate in a neighborhood environment, serving as a first-mile/last-mile solution connecting residents to community resources,” said Mandy Bishop, program manager for Smart Columbus. Some of those connections include a community center, recreation facility and the Linden Transit Center.