NJ Gov. Murphy announces project to create autonomous vehicle-based urban transit system

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) announced a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) for the Trenton Mobility & Opportunity: Vehicles Equity System (MOVES) Project – an on-demand automated transit system to serve the 90,000 residents of Trenton.

Trenton MOVES will deploy 100 autonomous vehicles throughout the state’s capital to provide safe, equitable, affordable, and sustainable high-quality mobility in the city…

The project, the first large-scale urban transit system in America to be based entirely on self-driving shuttles, is being developed by the Governor’s Office, NJDOT, the City of Trenton, and Princeton University.

Each vehicle in the project will carry four to eight passengers at a time. Low cost to users in underserved neighborhoods, the system will allow Trenton’s households to get acclimated to the presence of AVs on the streets of the state capital. Seventy percent of Trenton’s households have limited access to a single automobile or no access at all.