Tue. May 17th, 2022

If you had not heard, Toronto will get a new high-tech, self-driving shuttle bus, and it’s going to be on the streets in a few weeks.

The West Rouge Automated Shuttle – a partnership between the city of Toronto, TTC and Metrolinx – will enter a trial period next month, taking passengers on its new route in Scarborough.

On weekdays, the shuttle runs west from Rouge Hill GO station, loops north at Starspray Boulevard and returns down to Rouge National Urban Park before returning to GO station. The weekend route is more limited and runs between the GO station, Rouge National Urban Park and the West Rouge Community Center.

Toronto self-propelled shuttle

City of Toronto

Although the shuttle bus is self-driving, there will always be a companion on board to take over the ride if necessary.

Anyone interested in taking a shuttle must register online in advance. During the trial, the shuttle only takes up to four passengers and all must be from the same household.

If all goes well and the self-driving bus can cope with Toronto’s winter weather, the service could extend until the end of February 2022, according to the City of Toronto website.

The website also notes that “there is no intention to make this project permanent or to scale up the use of automated shuttles at present.”

The city will host a Meet the Shuttle event on Saturday, September 25 at the West Rouge Community Center, where residents can see the bus in person and see what it’s all about. Due to COVID-19 security measures, pre-registration for the event is required.

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