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Arlington has always been innovative. With our world-class venues and investment in our downtown and Entertainment District, greater Arlington has gained national attention and tourism. Now, Arlington is a leader again by finding a creative way to meet our community’s transportation needs.Downtown is currently being mapped for Arlington’s future autonomous vehicle public transportation pilot program. The one-year public transportation pilot program, called Arlington RAPID (Rideshare, Automation, and Payment Integration Demonstration), will integrate fully autonomous electric shuttles into the city’s existing Via on-demand Rideshare service.
Via Rideshare has been a popular way for people to explore the Entertainment District or attend their classes at the University of Texas at Arlington or the Southeast campus of Tarrant County College. All you need is the free app for an on-demand ride that costs only $3.00! By March 2021, Via Rideshare customers will have the option to take trips from self-driving vehicles.
The City of Arlington was awarded a $1.7 million grant through the Federal Transit Administration’s Integrated Mobility Innovation Program to integrate autonomous vehicles into its on-demand Rideshare service. Through its partnership with Via, May Mobility and UTA, the City also plans to add a wheelchair-accessible autonomous vehicle and provide a …
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