The Grand Iron Range CAV Initiative Data and Research Support

Principal Investigator(s):

Gina Baas, Deputy Director, Center for Transportation Studies


  • Frank Douma, Director, State & Local Policy, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • Thomas Fisher, Professor/Director, Metropolitan Design Center

Project summary:

A multidisciplinary team has been selected, and is in negotiations, to deploy an automated, on-demand, shared shuttle pilot in Grand Rapids, MN, The Grand Iron Range CAV Initiative. The proposed service will focus on serving people with little or no access to transportation services including people of lower income who may not be able to afford a personal vehicle; people with disabilities; and people with mobility challenges. This project will provide data and research support to the Initiative in an effort to document lessons learned on aspects of the pilot, including the history of Grand Rapids AV-related institutional and community engagement efforts and the development of a digital prototype to show how mobility hubs can be integrated into an AV project. The project will also provide recommendations that can inform the deployment of future CAV shuttle services in Minnesota.

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