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Experience self-driving in Minnesota's nature!

Coming Fall 2022 to
Grand Rapids, Minnesota!

Meet the goMARTI Shuttle

 

The goMARTI self-driving shuttle pilot is the result of a unique partnership of multiple groups with a shared goal of increasing accessibility and transportation options for residents and visitors  in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

 

The 18-month goMARTI (Minnesota’s Autonomous Rural Transit Initiative) deployment will cover nearly 17 square miles and include more than 70 pickup and drop off points with a fleet of five May Mobility autonomous vehicles, including three wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The free, on-demand rides can be requested through the app. Additionally, the local First Call 211 service will  both help individuals download and navigate the app, as well as place ride requests by phone.

The vehicles are considered self-driving, but there will be an autonomous vehicle operator onboard at all times who verifies the safe operation of the vehicle and aids passengers as needed.

Key partners include Minnesota Department of Transportation, City of Grand Rapids, The PLUM Catalyst, May Mobility, Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation, Itasca County, Via, University of Minnesota, Arrowhead Transit and Mobility Mania among many others.

goMARTI Pilot Goals

  • Advance and inform the operation of automated vehicle technology in rural, winter conditions

  • Engage and educate the local community by providing real-world automated vehicle experiences
  • Provide safe, accessible mobility for residents, especially those with transportation challenges

  • Understand what economic development this innovative pilot brings while attracting future talent and technology to the Iron Range

The proposed hours are*:

 

Monday: Not in operation

 

Tuesday - Friday: 2:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

 

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

 

Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

*Hours are subject to change

Cost of Rides

All shuttle rides are FREE.

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The mobile app will be available at the Apple and Google Play app stores this fall!