Automated Vehicle Pilot –
Little Roady Autonomous Shuttle

This session will include a presentation about Rhode Island DOT’s recent launch of their autonomous vehicle shuttle service called “Little Roady” now operating in the City of Providence.



Julia Gold

Chief of Sustainability and Innovation
Rhode Island DOT

Julia Gold serves as the Chief of Sustainability and Innovation at the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, where she is working to incorporate sustainability, resiliency, and innovation into the Department’s programs and investments. Working with a diverse group of partners, she explores emerging technologies and comprehensive strategies to address the complex and exciting opportunities facing the transportation sector today.

After receiving her BA from Brown University and her M.A. from Tufts University in Urban and Environmental Planning, Julia has worked with non-profits, the private sector, higher education, and government agencies. She began her work with the State of Rhode Island as the Climate Change Program Manager at the Department of Health. Prior to her work in Rhode Island, she served as the founding Director of the Green Center at Bristol Community College, where she oversaw the college’s workforce development programs in renewable energy and sustainability. Today, she is fortunate to be able to pull together these experiences to holistically approach the many opportunities and challenges we face in our communities.

Julia is the co-author of Principles of Brownfield Regeneration: Clean-up, design, and re-use of derelict land and is also a contributor to a variety of publications focused on the impacts of climate change in Rhode Island.

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