The North Carolina Department of Transportation partnered with the Town of Cary to pilot a novel-design, low-speed automated shuttle in Fred G. Bond Metro Park through the Connected Autonomous Shuttle Supporting Innovation (CASSI) program. Pilots, and the data and analyses that they produce, are important to test and evaluate the emerging technology across real-world use cases to determine if the innovations can be mainstreamed into existing systems and models of service while effectively meeting transit needs. This presentation will share results from the pilot, including how the accessibility of the shuttle and service was explored through an online rider survey and community engagement events.
Sarah Searcy is an applied research professional and program manager with over eleven years of experience serving North Carolina to advance safe, equitable, and innovative multimodal transportation throughout the state. As the Senior Advisor for Innovation in the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)’s Integrated Mobility Division, she directs projects and programs that improve shared mobility options and promote transportation systems that work for everyone. Sarah manages the Connected Autonomous Shuttle Supporting Innovation (CASSI) program for NCDOT to pilot shared autonomous vehicles in partnership with communities across the state.