The Utah Department of Transportation and the Utah Transit Authority are joining forces on two projects: a 29-mile express bus service proposal to meet transit needs in the Mountain View corridor along with a one-year pilot test of an autonomous shuttle bus service.
[Above photo by Utah DOT.]
The proposed express bus service would serve four cities – West Jordan, Kearns, West Valley City and Salt Lake City, which includes the Salt Lake City International Airport and downtown areas – and would reportedly cost less to build, operate, and maintain than the current 5-mile bus rapid transit or BRT system being proposed for the corridor.
The two agencies are also jointly managing a one-year autonomous shuttle bus pilot program that will go on a statewide “tour” starting in May. The shuttle operates up to 15 miles per hour, follows a predetermined route, and reacts in “real-time” to other vehicles, pedestrians, and any obstacles that intervene in its path.
This Utah DOT noted that this autonomous shuttle will move to different communities throughout Utah over the course of a year to obtain public feedback about the technology.