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An evaluation of the Valley Metro–Waymo automated vehicle RideChoice mobility on demand demonstration

In 2016, the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority (Valley Metro) of the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area was awarded a grant as part of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox program. Through the grant, Valley Metro and Waymo partnered to pilot the use of Waymo autonomous vehicles (AVs) as certified vehicles for Valley Metro’s RideChoice program, a subsidized curb-to-curb individual mobility service (via taxi or ride-hailing services) for paratransit-certified people under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and for older adults age 65 and over living in Greater Phoenix. The project engaged current RideChoice participants and catered to their mobility needs.

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