Hey, if you want to be a progressive city, then get out in front of the crowd. The City of Chamblee is doing just that.
Chamblee Studies Driver-less Shuttle Routes
The Atlanta Business Chronicle highlighted that the city is studying launching shuttle routes using shared autonomous vehicles.(SAV’s) Last fall, the City of Chamblee began a study with consulting firm Stantec as to how the city could use such vehicles to help with the growth the city is seeing in its current Downtown area, as well as how it will grow in the future with the redevelopment of the Town Center.
The firm has issued a report of its findings and they are scheduled to be reviewed at the Chamblee City Council Work Session on March 15. You can find the Work Session Agenda and Packet of information on the City of Chamblee Website.
The shuttle could eventually serve the CDC and Internal Revenue Complexes on Buford Highway. Initial routes would most likely focus on the Peachtree Road corridor from Peachtree Station Shopping to MARTA, Downtown Doraville and onto Third Rail Studios and Assembly Doraville. The Assembly Doraville is the mixed-use redevelopment of the former General Motors Assembly plant. Third Rail Studios is already in full operation and the new corporate headquarters for Serta-Simmons is under construction adjacent to the studio. The routes along Peachtree Road were ranked the highest. The report notes, ” Both route options have a relatively high number of jobs along the corridor and are highly compatible with low speed shuttles. The future build-out of the Assembly site will further increase the ridership demand for this corridor.”
The study “sought to answer two questions: Can an electric, self driving shuttle service help Chamblee achieve a confluence of community, economic development, mobility and environmental goals, in addition to addressing parking and infrastructure constraints? It is a better fit and more attractive choice that traditional transit vehicles? While there is some variation between alternatives, the answer is yes to both questions, in addition to fairing favorably against the determinants of feasibility.”
It will be exciting to hear the outcome of this study as it is reviewed by the City Council. It’s also ironic the Council, at the same meeting, will talk about the construction of a huge gas station at the corner of Buford Highway and Chamblee Tucker Road. Note above the potential for a driver-less transit to run right in front of the gas station.