SeaTac, US is preparing
With the goal of making itself ‘a center of municipal excellence in AVs’, the city of SeaTac, Washington has commissioned a feasibility study to identify routes and services for AV transit connections. Conducted by the Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions, a Seattle-based transportation think tank, the planning effort seeks to identify missing links in local transit networks where driverless shuttles could provide new alternatives for SeaTac residents. Preliminary recommendations outlined in a September 2017 status report on the study include focusing on services linking major employers like Boeing’s global parts distribution hub, light rail stations within city limits, and an elder care center. The preliminary report further recommended providing service to the Sea-Tac Airport employee entrance, but not its passenger terminals. The project’s final report is expected in early 2018, with subsequent efforts to secure external funding to support an initial deployment.