Home Plate Update June 2018 - Page 5

Milo on the go B aseball fans who headed out to the ballpark for the Texas Rangers opening weekend also had a chance to check out Arlington’s autonomous shuttle service, known as Milo. This free shuttle service was available on a first-come, first-serve basis before and after games during the four- day home series. Arlington is leasing two electric, 12-passenger shuttle vehicles from EasyMile as part of a one-year pilot program to explore autonomous transportation technology in a real-world setting. The wheelchair- accessible shuttles operate before and after major events at AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park as well as during public demo rides that occur approximately once a month. Overall, the City of Arlington has operated Milo during 91 events combined between August 2017 and May 2018. with numerous safety features that prevent it from bumping into bikes, pedestrians or obstacles on the trails. The City will soon transition to on-street testing of autonomous vehicles, with service anticipated to be available in the Entertainment District for the general public this coming fall. Milo will be available for rides through August 2018. For more information, please visit www.arlingtontx.gov/ milo. These low-speed, battery-operated shuttles follow a pre-programmed route along a section of the concrete trail that runs through the Richard Greene and Dr. Robert Cluck linear parks. Passengers are picked up and dropped off at designated stops along the trail. Because of ongoing construction of the $250 million Texas Live! entertainment complex and the future Globe Life Field, the Milo shuttle route is currently using the section of trail near the Caelum Moor sculpture north of Randol Mill Road and west of Globe Life Park. Signs along the route instruct walkers, joggers and others sharing the path to keep their distance from the moving shuttles. But even if someone or something were to stray into a Milo’s path, the vehicles are outfitted 5