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RTA could stem A&M-CC congestion with driverless shuttle

Getting around the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus could get a little easier thanks to a revolutionary solution.

A driverless shuttle is being considered for the island university.

It’s all part of a partnership with the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority.

“Here … 9 o’clock classes are popular, especially between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.,” TAMUCC student Daniella Vasquez said. “Everybody is running from like here to there.”

Getting to classes can be quite an adventure for students at TAMUCC, especially if you have to walk from one side of the campus to the other.

However, to reduce foot traffic, the RTA is teaming up with TAMUCC to start the Autonomous Vehicle Pilot Program.

This is basically a driverless shuttle.

“It is a pretty large walk over here to the O’Conner building and to some of these buildings on this side of the campus,” says Christopher Potter.

The shuttle would be able to transport about 15 passengers at a time.

It would use cutting-edge GPS technology and follow a set route for anyone who wants a ride.

The RTA is working with the shuttle service, a French company, and hopes to have the shuttle service beginning in the fall semester of 2019.

The service would be available and free for all students and faculty but you must show your Sandollar student ID.

Jeremiah Marshall

Jeremiah Marshall

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