U.S. Transportation Secretary and Vulcan Inc. announced today that Columbus, Ohio has been selected as the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT)’s Smart City Challenge at an event that included U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Mayor of Columbus Andrew Ginther and President and Chief Operating Officer of Vulcan Inc. Barbara Bennett. As winner of the Challenge, Columbus will receive up to $40 million from U.S. DOT and up to $10 million from Paul G. Allen Vulcan Inc. to supplement the $90 million that the city has already raised from other private partners to carry out its plan. Using these resources, Columbus will work to reshape its transportation system to become part of a fully-integrated city that harnesses the power and potential of data, technology, and creativity to reduce emissions and reimagine how people and goods move throughout their city.
U.S. DOT received seventy-eight applications in total – one from nearly every mid-sized city in America. Columbus was selected as the winner because it put forward an impressive, holistic vision for how technology can help all of the city’s residents to move more easily and to access opportunity.