Disabled, elderly and children struggle with first/last mile access beyond bus routes.
An autonomous shuttle given partial right-of-way to reach key neighborhood locations (urgent care, schools, daycare, grocery store) could pair with the local Port Authority bus line to increase mobility, while reassigning the driver role to an aid/steward role furthers the value of the mode.
- Shuttle operates using Port Authority coordination and ConnectCard
- Local residents identify optimal route/stops
- 24/7 operation
- Residents can book using app or kiosk