Passenger Transport November 2020 Vol 78 No 23 - 1

THE SOURCE FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION NEWS AND ANALYSIS	

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2020

| VOLUME 78, NO. 23

Public Transportation:
A Year in Review
BY KATHY GOLDEN
Sr. Director-Publications and
Passenger Transport
APTA

Operating along Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg, PSTA's AVA is the first
autonomous vehicle fleet launched by a public transit agency in mixed
traffic in Florida.

PSTA Launches
Ground-Breaking
AV Pilot
THE PINELLAS SUNCOAST TRANSIT AUTHORITY (PSTA),
St. Petersburg, FL, in partnership with autonomous mobility
solution company Beep and funded by Florida DOT (FDOT),
has launched the first of its kind autonomous vehicle (AV)
pilot in downtown St. Petersburg. The fare-free all-electric
shuttle, AVA (Autonomous Vehicle Advantage), is the first AV
fleet launched by a public transit agency in mixed traffic in
Florida.
" We are beyond excited for the community to try this
all new experience with AVA, " said Brad Miller, PSTA chief
executive officer. " Like an attraction at Disney World, we
hope all who come to enjoy AVA leave with a better understanding of how technology can help enhance safety all
while providing clean-energy solutions that could transform
transportation. "
The shuttles have eight sensors on their exterior providing
a 360-degree view of the environment and are equipped with
multiple onboard LiDAR sensors and GPS tracking to ensure
the pre-determined route is maintained during operation. An
on-board attendant serves as an ambassador to oversee the
passenger experience and explain the technology. The vehicles will operate at a maximum speed of 15 mph as part of
the three-month pilot.
" Launching AVA along Bayshore Drive is the first step into
the future of safer and transformative transportation along
the tourist corridor. Public and private partnerships such
as the project with PSTA will only continue to position the
state as innovators and integrators of autonomous technology in the transit industry, " said Joe Moye, Beep CEO.
" We are committed to the safe testing of these vehicles in
communities and with agencies who share the same vision
of implementing the transportation of the future on the roads
of today. "
" We appreciate PSTA's forward thinking and perseverance in bringing the AVA to fruition. This project exemplifies
FDOT's ongoing effort to enhance mobility through innovation and partnership, " said FDOT District Seven Secretary
David Gwynn.

2020. A year none of us
will ever forget.
As public transportation
agencies and businesses
were preparing to welcome
a new year in January
2020-and with it, grand
plans for expansion, development and innovation-COVID-19
was beginning to make its way across the U.S. By March, many
businesses had sent their employees home to telework, and
transit ridership and revenue were declining. Despite the coming
hardships, it was a time for our industry to rally. And it did.
Our transit systems and businesses united
and stepped up to the challenge. Agencies
offered free rides to healthcare workers and
other essential employees. They instituted strict
disinfecting and cleaning protocols of their facilities and vehicles. They installed protective barriers on vehicles, distributed personal protective
equipment, and encouraged face coverings and
social distancing. Along with business members,
they worked with organizations in their communi-

ties to quickly produce health and safety equipment such as hundreds of thousands of gowns,
masks and hand sanitizers.
Nine months later, the virus continues to ravage our country-and our industry. Deep cuts in
funding, drastic decreases in ridership and skyrocketing costs have put unprecedented strain
on our industry. Public transit's front-line workers

A YEAR IN REVIEW CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

Public Transit Agencies Honor Rosa Parks
Public transit agencies across the
country marked the days around Rosa
Parks Day, Dec. 1, by reserving seats
on buses in tribute to the civil rights
icon and her contributions to equity
in public transportation. In addition
to its annual on-board tribute, the
-Milwaukee County Transit System
(MCTS) announced the first-ever
MCTS Rosa Parks Tribute Scholarship.
The agency is inviting high school
seniors in Milwaukee County who
will attend a trade school, college or
university to submit an essay inspired
by Parks' quote: " Each person must
live their life as a model for others. "
Parks was arrested Dec. 1, 1955, after
refusing to give up her seat to a white
man in Montgomery, AL, leading to a
Supreme Court ruling that outlawed
segregation on public transportation.



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