Columbus Wins Smart City Challenge

Columbus has won the Smart City Challenge offered by the U.S. Department of Transportation and will receive millions of dollars in federal grant money to be used to reshape its transportation system.

US DOTThe city has already raised $90 million that will be supplemented with up to $40 million from U.S. DOT and up to $10 million from Vulcan, Incorporated.

In reshaping its transportation network, Columbus officials will be expected to integrate innovative technologies and use data, technology and creativity “to re-imagine how people and goods” move through the city.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said in a news release that the city is collaborating with public, private and nonprofit sectors.

“Smart Columbus will deliver an unprecedented multimodal transportation system that will not only benefit the people of central Ohio, but potentially all mid-sized cities,” he said.

Columbus nudged out Austin, Texas; Denver; Kansas City, Missouri; Pittsburgh; Portland, Oregon; and San Francisco for the award.

In a statement, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx said that finalists provided “thoughtful, intelligent, and innovative ideas that defined a vision for the future of the American city and formed a blueprint to show the world what a fully integrated, forward-looking transportation network looks like.

“The bold initiatives they proposed demonstrated that the future of transportation is not just about using technology to make our systems safer and more efficient – it’s about using these advanced tools to make life better for all people, especially those living in under served communities.”

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