From Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority:
SURGE has had no incidents at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. SURGE’s suspension is cautionary, and the shuttle will return to service upon conclusion of the investigation and approval from the Department of Transportation.
From National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
“NHTSA announced [February 26 that] the agency has suspended passenger operations for 16 of EasyMile’s autonomous vehicles, pending an examination of safety issues related to both vehicle technology and operations. The action comes after an apparent unexplained braking incident in which one passenger was reportedly hurt. NHTSA will continue to work with all affected parties, including EasyMile and local authorities, to evaluate potential future vehicle operations, consistent with applicable legal requirements and public safety.
The vehicles operate in Delaware (Dover); Utah (West Valley City, Park City, Farmington, Salt Lake City); Texas (Dallas, Houston, Corpus Christi); Ohio (Columbus); California (Dublin); Colorado (Golden); North Carolina (Raleigh); Florida (Gainesville); Virginia (Fairfax/Arlington, Blacksburg); and New Jersey (Basking Ridge).”
The future of transit is now, and we’re driving it.
Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority is proud to announce the most innovative addition to our fleet. We introduce SURGE, the most advanced autonomous vehicle in North
America; the EasyMile EZ10 Generation III Shuttle.
SURGE’s pilot program at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi will be the first true public transportation route for an autonomous shuttle to operate in a mixed traffic and pedestrian environment.
Know Before You Go
Stand at a safe distance from the SURGE. Do not run towards the shuttle.
Allow doors to completely open or close when entering or exiting the SURGE.
No eating or drinking on board is allowed. All food and drink containers must remain closed.
Offensive language, obscene gestures, and/or disruptive behavior is not permitted.
SURGE may make sudden stops. Hold handrails and stay alert of potential stops.
Whether standing or seated keep your feet firmly on the ground at all times.
Setting your feet at a wider stance can help you maintain proper balance.
Carry-on items may not interfere with fellow passengers or block the exit.
Personal headphones are required when listening to audio devices.
Weapons, hazardous materials and illegal substances are not permitted onboard the shuttle.
Smoking, vaping, or drug/tobacco use is prohibited while on the bus.
Route Map + List of SURGE Stops
|SURGE Bus Stop||Stop Location|
|SURGE Stop #2*||Sam's Place|
|SURGE Stop #3||Curlew Lane|
|SURGE Stop #4||Dining Hall|
|SURGE Stop #5||Faculty Center|
|SURGE Stop #6||Anchor Housing|
|SURGE Stop #7||Miramar Apartments|
|SURGE Stop #8||Dolphin Housing|
|*Also FLEX Route|
When does SURGE run?
SURGE will run from 7:30am to 3:30pm each weekday.
How much does it cost to ride the SURGE?
There is no cost to ride the SURGE.
How do I locate the SURGE?
SURGE is unique and easy to spot. The shuttle can be identified by its unique lane markings and safety signage, as well as its audible signals and warnings. You can also track the SURGE using the TransLoc app.
Will the SURGE provide “dorm-to-classroom” service?
Many of the eight (8) stops along the SURGE’s route serve student residence halls.
Who can ride the SURGE?
Anyone can ride the SURGE. Young children may require accompaniment of a guardian. All visitors must follow the campus rules and code of conduct at all times.
Will there be an attendant on board?
A customer ambassador will always be on board the shuttle to maintain customer safety.
How safe is the SURGE?
Safety is a top priority! SURGE has sensors that surround the shuttle, continuously scanning the environment and signaling the vehicle to stop when an obstacle moves too close. SURGE is continuously monitored by the customer ambassador, who can also manually stop the vehicle at any time.
Will SURGE be accessible to persons with disabilities?
Absolutely! SURGE has a built-in access ramp to assist individuals in wheelchairs, mobility devices, or assisted by service animals. SURGE contains limited wheelchair securements.
For anyone requiring additional ADA accessibility, CCRTA offers a complimentary equivalent on-campus vehicle on standby that will take you to any of our SURGE stops.
Call (833) 782-3539 for more information.
What if the SURGE is full?
The SURGE is an exciting, new service and may experience times when it is at capacity and can not accept new riders.
We welcome you to try the SURGE at a later time. When in service, the SURGE is estimated to visit each stop every 30 minutes.
Why isn't the SURGE faster?
As mentioned above, safety is a top priority. We do not recommend riding the SURGE when in a rush. Relax and enjoy the experience.
How do I offer feedback? Inquire more information?
For more information or to offer feedback on all CCRTA transportation services, including SURGE, please call 361-883-2287 or visit ccrta.org.
For all media inquiries, please contact: Rita Patrick, Director of Marketing, 361-903-3582, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekdays: 7:30am – 3:30pm