The City of Columbus won the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) $40 million Smart City Challenge in June, 2016 after competing against 77 cities nationwide to implement a holistic vision for how technology can help all residents to move more easily and to access opportunity. Columbus was also awarded a $10 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the de-carbonization of the electric supply and transportation sectors.
The Vision of Smart Columbus is to:
- Improve access to jobs through expanded mobility options in major job centers
- Compete globally through smart logistics
- Connect Columbus residents to safe, reliable transportation that can be accessed by all
- Better connect our visitors to transportation options
- Develop a more environmentally-sustainable transportation system
The anticipated outcome is for Columbus to become the nation’s epicenter for intelligent transportation systems research to improve safety, enhance mobility, create ladders of opportunity for those who may have been left behind in the past, and address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.