Mayor John Tory has announced the launch of Toronto’s first completely automated and electric shuttle service in Scarborough. This is a pilot project that will that take riders from the West Rouge neighbourhood to the Rouge Hill GO train station.
It is expected to go into effect in September of 2020.
Funding is in partnership with the provincial and federal governments through Metrolinx.
The automated shuttles typically seat between eight and 12 passengers and are designed for low-speed and low-volume environments.
They also say that despite a driver not being required to operate the vehicle, a TTC “ambassador” would staff the vehicle at all times during the pilot.
City council approved the pilot last year and public consultations for the project will begin this fall in order to finalize a route.
“Today’s announcement is another step towards building and expanding our transit system. The pilot for the automated shuttle will help residents access other transit options in the city and encourage more people to use our transit system,” said Tory in a release sent out by the city. -CINEWS