East Bay city to work with proposed autonomous car transit system developer

Small autonomous electric cars running on narrow fixed guideways could someday shuttle passengers to and from Bay Area BART and Amtrak stations and other locations, and Oakley could be one of the first cities to test that pilot program.

On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved a cooperation agreement with Wayfarer, doing business as Glydways Inc., to evaluate the viability of this proposed on-demand transit system touted as a new standard in the post-pandemic world.

When completed in East Contra Costa, it would take up to three passengers riding in small individual cars from Oakley’s future Amtrak train station on Main Street to the Antioch BART station with stops in between, possibly at the Contra Costa Logistics Center, a job hub now being built at Bridgehead Road.

Riders at individual boarding bays would enter personal pods that would be steam-disinfected after each use, while point-to-point journeys would minimize infection risks, according to the firm.