Grand Rapids GoMARTI Self-Driving Shuttle Pilot Program

Status:  Active
Project Start Date:  08/29/2022


In the fall of 2022, a first-of-its-kind CAV pilot program called goMARTI (or, Minnesota’s Autonomous Rural Transit Initiative) was launched as a collaborative effort between numerous partners. The 18-month pilot offers free, on-demand rides to area residents and visitors using five autonomous shuttle vans (including three wheelchair-accessible vans) at 70 drop-off and pickup points within a 17-square-mile area. In this project, researchers documented lessons learned from the pilot, which included exploring the recent history of institutional and community engagement efforts regarding transportation in Itasca County and Grand Rapids, as well as the innovations and collaborations that took place to make the pilot’s implementation possible.

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