Minnesota Department of Transportation

511 Travel Info

Automated Shuttle Bus Pilot Project

Shuttle operations

image of the MnDOT automated shuttle bus

The shuttle is expected to be in Minnesota until at least April, 2018. Listed below is the current schedule for testing and operating the vehicle.

Winter weather testing

(December – March)
The vehicle will undergo a series of winter weather conditions at MnDOT’s MnROAD facility near Monticello from December 2017 through March 2018. This closed loop facility (not open to other traffic) allows for safely testing the vehicle in snow, ice, cold weather and salt covered road conditions.

Other operations

MnDOT is working with 3M, Easy Mile and First Transit to operate and test the vehicle at MnROAD and other locations around the state.

Project goals

Project goals for snow and ice, operations, mobility, infrastructure, influence and partnerships