On June 25, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a joint project with Dominion Energy for an autonomous, or self-driving, electric shuttle in the Merrifield area.
The shuttle will be free, and run between the Dunn Loring Metro station and the Mosaic District. The exact route and operational target date was not determined. The schedule will be dependent on the federal approval process. VDOT approved a $250,000 grant for the pilot, and Fairfax County will provide $50,000
The shuttle will be electrically powered. A press release from the county states, “Fairfax County aims to be at the forefront of innovation by testing this smart technology for economic and environmental benefits, operational efficiencies and as a first and last mile travel option connecting people from Metrorail stations to employment, activity centers and residential communities.”