Planning the Next Generation of Mobility in Chamblee

The City of Chamblee has been exploring the use of Shared Autonomous Vehicles (SAV), a cutting-edge approach to public transportation since late Fall 2017 by conducting a feasibility study. SAVs are self-driving vehicles that transport 8-12 passengers, providing a viable alternative to driving to support the current and anticipated growth in Chamblee. The City has entered into a partnership with Stantec’s Urban Places studio to conduct analyses related to potential routes, fares, ridership and general feasibility of a circulator shuttle for the downtown area. This study also analyzes how a circulator shuttle can be converted into a SAV and will provide recommendations for the technology and associated costs needed to implement the conversion. Chamblee is embarking on this study with other select communities in the United States that have demonstrated a commitment to these innovative mobility strategies, and its findings will be collected to inform the use of this technology moving forward.

At September’s Mid-City Stroll event, Stantec introduced the SAV concept to attendees and gathered valuable information from the community. An online survey was open through November and December, and the results of the survey will be included as an addendum in the final report. The final report will be presented to Mayor and City Council early in 2018, so stay plugged in to learn more about the innovative solutions your Chamblee leaders are seeking to be at the forefront of mobility policy. The draft report will be posted here for review prior to adoption by City Council.

City Council reviewed the final draft at the March 2018 City Council Work Session. Download the final report here: Final Self-Driving Autonomous Shuttle Feasibility Study.

If you have any questions concerning the Self-Driving Shuttle Feasibility Study please contact Rebecca Keefer, City of Chamblee Special Projects Manager, at 470-395-2347.