Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announces submission of Smart City Challenge final application
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced that the Smart City
Challenge application for the City of Columbus has been submitted to the U.S.
Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) at an open house event at Rev1
Ventures, a top venture development corporation. In addition, Alex Fischer,
President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, a civic coalition made up of
more than 50 of the region’s leading corporate and institutional leaders,
announced the creation of the Smart Columbus Acceleration Fund. Smart Columbus
has committed $90 million in matching resources and funds to make Columbus the
future of mobility and provide enhanced ladders of opportunity to our residents
to better access jobs, fresh food, services, education and recreation.
“I am so pleased with our team and our partners for all of
their hard work over the past several months in preparing the final
application,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “The Acceleration Fund is a
testament to ‘The Columbus Way’ of collaboration between public and private partnerships.
The Columbus Partnership, under the leadership of Alex Fischer, has been key in
engaging the private sector and relevant industry experts in our bringing the
business community on board with the Smart Columbus vision.”
The Smart City Challenge is a grant opportunity from the
U.S. DOT worth $40 million to the mid-sized city who presents the best
innovative, fully-integrated model that uses data, technology and creativity to
shape how people and goods are transported in the future. Vulcan Inc. will also
contribute $10 million toward electric vehicle infrastructure and the reduction
of greenhouse gases. In March, Columbus was chosen as one of seven finalist
cities from a pool of 78 applications. The winning city will be announced in
“The Acceleration Fund is an aggregation of the relevant
industry expertise and resources that demonstrate Columbus’ commitment to the
Mayor’s vision and to our ability to lead America in deploying the next
generation of smart transportation technologies,” said Fischer. “The
Partnership’s number one priority is to drive economic prosperity for all of
Columbus, and that is why this opportunity is so exciting to us.”
Columbus’ Smart City Challenge grant application includes:
An autonomous vehicle circulator to address first mile/last mile challenges
from the Easton Transit Center to Easton employers.
Enhanced traveler information through kiosks, broadband connectivity and smart
intersections along the new CMAX Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Corridor from Polaris
Development of real-time event, transit, traffic and parking information for
visitors and residents created with Experience Columbus.
Enable all citizens to have access and be able pay for all the transportation
options in our City with a smartphone or pass.
Expanding Smart Grid to other parts of the City, expanding electric vehicle
charging infrastructure, beginning converting the light duty city fleet to
electric vehicles (EVs) and creating programs and incentives for energy
efficiency, transportation electrification, and greenhouse gas reduction that
is environmentally and financially sustainable.
The Smart Columbus application includes partnerships with
The Ohio State University, Battelle, American Electric Power, Honda, IBM and