Minding the Gap: An Automated Transit Shuttle Pilot Project

The City of Toronto, Toronto Transit Commission, and Metrolinx submitted a successful funding proposal to Transport Canada to operate a pilot project with an automated transit shuttle. The proposal was submitted as part of Transport Canada’s Program to Advance Connectivity and Automation in the Transportation System (ACATS).

The project involves running a new transit route in Toronto for 6-12 months starting in late 2020. The service will use new automated shuttle vehicles that carry between 8-12 passengers. While the vehicles are driverless, on-board ambassadors will staff the vehicles at all times.

The shuttle is intended to test the technology’s ability to meet an existing unmet need in public transit, such as filling the lower-demand “last mile” gap. While the location of the pilot has not yet been selected, the shuttle will not be tested on established transit routes. The University of Toronto and Ryerson University will also be involved in monitoring and evaluation the shuttle service.

A complete submission to City Council can be viewed at:

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), in partnership with Metrolinx and the City of Toronto, has issued a request for information on automated transit shuttles and supporting services which closed on January 11, 2019. Further updates to come.