The US Department of Transportation has named Columbus as the winner of its Smart Cities contest. In addition to the $40 million dollars, Columbus will receive a significant amount of support from industry partners. ACT provided Columbus with some technical assistance in the development of the City’s application and we look forward to working with Columbus and every city which submitted an application. Below is some information about what Columbus is looking to do:
From the Columbus application:
Columbus’ hopes to address their challenges with these five strategies:
A Smart Corridor to provide access to jobs – Columbus will build a pathway with concentrated transit services that address last mile connections to connect the work force with their employment centers.
Real-time and integrated Data for Smart Logistics – As a major freight hub with a multimodal inland port, Columbus plans to enhance timeliness and quality of the traffic condition data and develop a routing app for trucks to improve reliability and operational efficiencies.
Connected Visitors – Columbus plans to fund a private sector app for events and activities in the city that will provide real-time information related to traffic / parking conditions and transit options.
Connected Citizens – With a specific focus on Columbus’ Linden neighborhood mobility challenges linking citizens to jobs, healthcare, and education services, the city will work with local private and public social services providers to improve mobility and transit options.
Sustainable Transportation Options – Similar to the other finalist cities in the Smart Cities Challenge, Columbus plans to support and encourage an ecosystem around car-sharing, electric vehicle use, and smart grid mobility patterns for a more sustainable and mobile city.