|On June 23, U.S.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that Columbus, OH was
selected as the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S.
DOT)’s Smart City Challenge. Columbus will receive up to $40 million from
U.S. DOT and up to $10 million from Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. to supplement
the $90 million that the city has already raised from other private partners
to carry out its plan. Using these resources, Columbus will work to reshape
its transportation system to become part of a fully-integrated city that
harnesses the power and potential of data, technology, and creativity to
reimagine how people and goods move throughout their city.
|There were seven
finalists who put forward an array of 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.
selected as the winner because it put forward an impressive, holistic vision
for how technology can help all of the city’s residents to move more easily
and to access opportunity. The
Columbus vision includes strengthening the economic competitiveness of
Columbus by building infrastructure and networks to attract and retain jobs
and meeting the needs of industry.