Smart City Challenge
On June 23, 2016, USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Columbus, Ohio, as the winner of the Smart City Challenge.
For information on the other proposals and finalists, please see the Smart City Challenge website.
MSP Proposal & Partners
Working with numerous partners across the public, private and non-profit sectors, Minneapolis and Saint Paul submitted a joint application for funding and were among 78 cities nationwide submitting plans. While the MSP proposal was not selected as one of the 7 finalists, the cities are proud of the application put forward and sincerely thank the stakeholders who lent their support to the proposal:
- City of Minneapolis
- City of Saint Paul
- Metropolitan Council / Metro Transit
- Minnesota Department of Transportation
- University of Minnesota
- Nice Ride Minnesota
- Transit for Livable Communities
- McKnight Foundation
- Shared Use Mobility Center
- Minneapolis Downtown Council
- Chariot Transit Inc.
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Live Traffic Data LLC
For an overview of the MSP application, please see the February 25th presentation to Move Minneapolis.
Other Information & Articles of Interest
Below are some links of interest as they relate to the Smart City Challenge:
National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)
National League of Cities, City of the Future: Technology & Mobility (pdf)
Mother Jones, No Parking Here
International Transport Forum, Urban Mobility System Upgrade: How shared self-driving cars could change city traffic
Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Help or hindrance? The travel, energy and carbon impacts of highly automated vehicles (pdf)
City of Minneapolis, Modeling Results of Minneapolis Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal 80% by 2050
In late 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation launched Beyond Traffic: The Smart City Challenge program, encouraging cities to put forward their best and most creative ideas for innovatively addressing the challenges they are facing. The vision of the Smart City Challenge is to demonstrate and evaluate a holistic, integrated approach to improving surface transportation performance within a city and integrating this approach with other smart city domains such as public safety, public services, and energy.
USDOT proposes to award up to $40 million for one mid-sized city that can demonstrate how advanced data and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies and applications can be used to reduce congestion, keep travelers safe, protect the environment, respond to climate change, connect communities, and support economic vitality.
The USDOT identified characteristics of a Smart City along with 12 vision elements. A successful Smart City Challenge would align these characteristics and vision elements:
- Urban automation
- Connected vehicles
- Intelligent, sensor-based infrastructure
Smart City Elements:
- Architecture and standards
- Low cost, efficient, secure, and resilient information and communications technology
- Smart land use
Innovative Approaches to Urban Transportation Elements:
- Urban analytics
- User-focused mobility services and choices
- Urban delivery and logistics
- Strategic business models and partnering opportunities
- Smart grid, roadway electrification, and electric vehicles
- Connected, involved citizens
Last updated Oct 23, 2018