FTA releases Strategic Transit Automation Research Plan 2.0 for 2023-2028

FTA releases Strategic Transit Automation Research Plan 2.0 for 2023-2028 Image credit: FTA

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has set a roadmap for research and demonstrations on transit bus automation for the next five years, updating its strategic plan for how the public transportation industry might implement automated systems.

The Strategic Transit Automation Research (STAR) Plan 2.0 (2023-2028) updates the prior Strategic Transit Automation Research Plan, referred to as STAR Plan 1.0 (2018-2023), released in 2018. Both plans encourage research, demonstrations, and engagement as described in the FTA Transit Automation Research Overview.

STAR Plan 2.0 applies lessons learned from the previous five years of transit automation research and demonstration projects. It incorporates input from transit agencies and other stakeholders, including federal agencies, universities, non-profits, research partners, and operators.  Key areas of focus for STAR Plan 2.0 are establishing testing standards and setting benchmarks for safety, performance, and maintenance for bus automation technologies.

Source: FTA