The City of Arlington in Texas has introduced a new shuttle service to help fans travel to Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers home games.
The driverless shuttle buses – called Milo – which Arlington said will be the first of their kind in the US, will transport fans that park in remote lots to the AT&T Stadium and Global Life Park, which are both located in the city.
The AT&T Stadium is home to NFL American football team the Dallas Cowboys, while Major League Baseball franchise the Texas Rangers plays its home games at Global Life Park.
The new ‘Milo’ service will launch on August 26 at the Cowboys’ pre-season game against the Oakland Raiders.
“We have remote parking lots where people will have a very comfortable ride in air conditioning … to the facility,” Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams said.
French company EasyMile has designed and produced all of the shuttle vehicles, with the City of Arlington set to pay $272,000 (€232,700/£211,400) to lease the shuttles each year. It is not yet clear whether the service will run beyond the coming season.
However, Williams said that if the shuttles prove to be successful in the city, then it could introduce similar services in the future.
“Stay tuned; if it works, yes, we’ll have more. If it doesn’t, we’ll go on to something else,” Williams said.
“I think light rail and diesel buses are outdated, and that’s not what we’re after here in our city. We’re looking at the new technology that will be much cheaper and safer.”
IMAGE: City of Arlington