Not If, but When: Autonomous Driving and the Future of Transit


Jerome M. Lutin

Document Type

Journal Article

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Subject Area

mode - bus rapid transit, mode - tram/light rail, mode - demand responsive transit, technology - automatic vehicle monitoring, technology - intelligent transport systems, planning - service improvement, planning - travel demand management


autonomous vehicle technology, travel behavior, public transportation


This paper discusses the implications of autonomous vehicle technology on auto use and travel behavior, and the resulting impacts on public transportation. The paper goes on to explore how autonomous driving technology can make more efficient use of bus transportation and improve service to disabled individuals. The paper concludes with recommendations for transit agencies to engage with government and suppliers of autonomous vehicles to promote research, development, and policies that will allow the industry to reap the benefits of this revolutionary and disruptive technology.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by the Journal of Public Transportation, copyright remains with them.