This is SF’s New Free Robot Shuttle Bus
While the city tries to fight private robo taxis from a full launch in San Francisco, The Treasure Island Mobility Management Agency celebrated the launch of its autonomous shuttle pilot – called the Loop – with agency partners and community leaders, and commenced public service from the Ship Shape Community Center at 3 p.m. on August 16, 2023.
The Loop is one of California’s first demonstrations of AV shuttles operating entirely on public roads. It will provide free rides using fully electric autonomous shuttles with an attendant on-board at all times. The shuttle will pick up passengers along a fixed route that features seven stops around the core of Treasure Island and can accommodate wheelchair users.
The Loop service will operate seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. connecting Treasure Island neighborhoods to community centers and commercial venues. The route complements a portion of Muni 25 line service on the northern part of the Island, with two autonomous vehicles running approximately every 20 minutes.
This is a pilot program running from August 2023 to April 2024.
- The Loop is a free autonomous shuttle that operates every day of the week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Treasure Island in San Francisco.
- The Loop operates on a fixed route and has an attendant on the vehicle at all times. Shuttles arrive approximately every 20 minutes.
- Vehicle capacity is 10 people.
- The shuttle will not run during periods of heavy rain or fog.
- Download the app to track the shuttle in real time.
Loop Route Map
List of Stops
1. Ship Shape Community Center
2. 13th Street at Avenue H
3. Gateview Avenue at Mariner Drive
4. Avenue B near Gateview Avenue
5. Avenue B at Chinook Court
6. 9th Street at Avenue H
7. Avenue I at the YMCA
About the Vehicle
✔ It’s free to ride, just hop on
✔ Buckle up (it’s a federal requirement)
✔ Riders under 16 must be accompanied by adult
✔ Vehicle is fully electric
✔ Attendant is on-board at all times
✘ Not permitted: Bikes, pets (service animals permitted)
Funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Transportation Commission and San Francisco County Transportation Authority, the pilot will operate for nine months and is designed to help TIMMA better understand how a shuttle service could meet the needs of people traveling around the neighborhood and provide the community with opportunities to learn about driverless technology.
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