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DOT Kicks Off 'Smart Cities' Challenge; Winner Could Receive Up to $50 Million

DOT is offering transportation planners the chance to create a fully integrated, first-of-its-kind city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future—and the winning city may receive up to $40 million in DOT funds, subject to future appropriations, plus up to another $10 million from a ­private-sector partner.

The department kicked off its Smart City Challenge by inviting cities to submit a high-level description of their vision of a Smart City by Feb. 4, ­consistent with the Notice of Funding Opportunity available here. DOT will announce five finalists in March and the final recipient in June.

The Smart City Challenge will allow the selected city to demonstrate how advanced data, technologies and applications can be used to reduce congestion, keep travelers safe, protect the environment, respond to climate change and support economic vitality.

“This is an opportunity for the winning city to define what it means to be a ‘Smart City’ when it comes to transportation. We encourage cities to develop their own unique vision, partnerships and blueprints to demonstrate to the world what a fully integrated, forward-looking transportation network looks like,” said DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx. “America can remain the global leader in maintaining the safest, most efficient system in the world: I am looking for mayors who share that belief to join us in pushing the boundaries of what is possible.”

The Smart City Challenge, a public-private collaboration between DOT and Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc., builds on DOT’s Beyond Traffic report issued in 2015.

DOT and Vulcan Inc. established the challenge through their joint belief that creativity and innovation will be essential to addressing significant future transportation challenges.
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