The future is now — or, at least, it's coming in 2020. Toronto Mayor John Tory spoke at a National Association of City Transportation Officials conference on Monday and it sounds like transit in the GTA is going to get an upgrade. Tory announced that the city will be moving ahead with an unprecedented Toronto self-driving pilot project that highlights autonomous transit.
Back in 2018, it was announced that the City of Toronto planned to test out the $1.2-million dollar pilot which it was hoped would launch in 2020.
According to the Toronto Star, it was intended that these vehicles would connect to at least one TTC or GO Transit station.
That idea has now been given the green light.
In today's conference, Tory named that participating station as Rouge Hill GO in West Rouge in the Scarborough area.
According to the City of Toronto, this project, which will be a first for transit in the 6ix, will have a new route in Toronto running for about six months to a year, starting in late 2020.
These automated shuttle vehicles will carry around eight to 12 passengers each. Although the vehicles will be self-driven, meaning that there is no real driver in the front seat, there will be technicians on board at all times.
According to the Toronto Star's Ben Spurr, this pilot will begin in Sept. 2020
Mayor John Tory sent out another tweet saying he is "excited to see the results of this project and the potential it will create to better connect people to transit across the city."
Whether or not that will help ease the flow of traffic and transit in the city, the future of self-driving vehicles looks to be coming to Toronto sooner rather than later.
Narcity has reached out to the City of Toronto and this article will be updated when more information becomes available.
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