Downtown Bryan introduces first ever self-driving trolleys

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) Driverless cars are becoming a reality, and now you can ride in one in the Brazos Valley.

The City of Bryan introduced the first self-driving trolleys in the world to Downtown Bryan Wednesday morning.

It is in partnership with the Texas A&M College of Engineering.

The route will make a clockwise loop in Downtown Bryan beginning at the Roy Kelly Parking Garage heading south on Regent Avenue, turning west onto 28th Street then turning north onto South Main Street, east on 26th Street, and finally south onto Regent Avenue. The route includes crossing the railroad tracks that are located between Regent Avenue and South Main Street twice. At this time, the trolleys do not cross TxDOT roadways.

Chancellor John Sharp and Bryan Mayor Andrew Nelson were the first to ride in new additions to Downtown Bryan and had positive things to say.

"I think it is going to be a quite a draw for a little tourism coming downtown just to see it and to ride it and to see how beautiful the redevelopment of Bryan has been," said Sharp after his first ride in the new trolley.

"It was a nice smooth ride. It was great fun and good success" said Nelson.

For the first 30 days, they will operate everyday for two hours per day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

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