The Automated Bus Consortium is preparing to release an updated request for proposals in early 2024, aimed at procuring full-size highly automated transit buses to accelerate their deployment across the U.S.
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Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)
In collaboration with the City of Atlanta, MARTA's new bus rapid transit project is set to provide an efficient connection between historic city neighbourhoods, job centres, Georgia State and the rail system from 2025.
Provided as part of the Federal Transit Administration's Low or No Emission Program, the $19.3 million funding will allow MARTA to continue transitioning away from diesel-powered vehicles.
MARTA aims to use the $1.3 billion budget to enhance public transit services for commuters in Metro Atlanta, with a key focus on improving the customer experience and renovating the rail network.
As part of the expansion, MARTA Reach will provide service in the cities of Avondale Estates, Alpharetta, Roswell, Forest Park and Morrow, as well as more neighbourhoods across Atlanta.
The three new electric buses provide service on two bus routes along the Ponce de Leon Avenue corridor between Midtown and the Poncey-Highland neighbourhood in Atlanta.
For Intelligent Transport, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority provides exclusive insight into its recently launched on-demand ride-share pilot programme, MARTA Reach, which is working to provide personal transportation at a low cost by combining on-demand ride-share with public transit.
With the launch of MARTA Reach, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority intends to observe the effectiveness of on-demand ride-sharing in connecting passengers to fixed-route transit.