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There are three pillars to the Columbus Smart City application: assisting our most vulnerable populations, economic development and an enhanced sustainable transit system.

Our Smart City implementation plan proposes autonomous vehicle deployment for the first mile and last mile that will connect Easton, one of our city’s largest job centers, to employees. A pilot system in Linden will increase personal transit service: Uber, Car2Go and a new ride share program. This means residents of Linden will now have reliable, cash-based services to get them to jobs, healthcare and education.

Smart Cities guarantees economic development for Columbus. A smart phone app for trucks at Rickenbacker – the 7th most active foreign trade zone in the U.S. -- will give drivers real time traffic info, making their drives through Columbus more efficient. In addition, we will create a smartphone app for visitors with event information coordinated with real-time traffic, parking and transit options. We expect these efforts to sprout new technology companies in Columbus and relocate existing companies to the new Silicon Valley of intelligent transportation systems.

A multimodal sustainable transportation system will include a new traffic signal system to enhance the recently built traffic management center. It will be the backbone for connected and smart corridors for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Traffic lights will be connected with technology to provide better traffic predictability and allow us to have connected and automated vehicles.

Columbus is uniquely qualified to receive the Smart City grant because we have world-class partners like the Ohio State University, Battelle Memorial Institute and IBM’s Client Center for Advanced Analytics. We have more than 100 partners in our application, including bi-partisan political support, leaders in technology and education and labor and community leaders.