Mattamy Homes, the largest privately owned homebuilder in North America, and Beep, a Florida-based autonomous Mobility-as-a-Service provider, bring the first autonomous shuttle service in Southeast Florida to Tradition. The service is part of the Tradition Trail, also known as T Trail, a larger mobility network serving the community, and is the first of its kind in South Florida within a planned development.
Mattamy Homes plans to introduce a multi-functional mobility network spanning almost 20 miles with experiential trailheads along the way. Beginning at Manderlie, Mattamy’s first development in the area, the trail will include stops at the Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital, Tradition Town Square and the future site of Veterans Memorial Park. Additionally, the trail will connect regional parks, athletic fields and nature trails throughout the community.
“We are committed to making Tradition the destination for people seeking a higher quality of life,” said Dan Grosswald, Mattamy President of Southeast Florida Division. “Our partnership with Beep is just the first step by providing residents greater freedom to travel how, where and when they want.”
Beep’s 9-seat electric vehicles will be a feature on the trail’s initial loop with a dedicated lane beginning at Manderlie, taking passengers to Tradition Town Square and The Landing Shopping Center. An onboard specialist and Beep’s Global Command Center in Orlando will monitor the shuttle, which has a maximum speed of 15 mph and is equipped with onboard sensors and GPS tracking.
“Mattamy’s vision, with the backing of the city of Port St. Lucie, will create an alternative to cars that will make the most traveled roads and community safer, eco-friendly and more enjoyable for everyone,” said Joe Moye, Beep CEO. “Residents will have greater access to safe, reliable, high-quality transportation.”
As the Tradition community grows, Mattamy plans to add miles of experiential trailheads for shuttle riders, bicyclists and pedestrians to enjoy. Next year, the company will introduce electric bicycles from Elby Mobility, a leading provider of e-bike fleets to residential communities, college campuses, and corporate and hospitality properties.
The partnership between Mattamy and Beep stemmed from the successful introduction of the first autonomous vehicles as part of Central Florida’s Lake Nona community in September 2019. The service has safely transported over 16,000 passengers in the first year of operation. In May, the company will launch a similar service at Yellowstone National Park with the National Park Service.
Passengers in Tradition can expect the best practices for ridesharing and transit according to federal guidelines such as frequent cleaning procedures, modified and reduced seating capacity, onboard hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes. Shuttle service and routes will be operationally ready for passenger service by the end of 2020.
In 2018, Mattamy purchased 2,780 acres at Tradition with plans for 8,500 single-family homes and 150 acres of commercial property. Construction has commenced in Manderlie, its first community of single-family home as well as Telaro, an active adult 55+ community with resort-style amenities boasting 400-plus homesites. The company has established communities in Jacksonville, Orlando, Naples, Sarasota, Tampa, Arizona, North Carolina, and across Canada.