Smart Cities will be increasingly important to the advancement of the new mobility ecosystem, and region early adopters will show what can be done and how best to do it. In April, Transportation for America announced the 22 communities selected to participate as the second cohort of the organization’s Smart Cities Collaborative program that will continue exploring how emerging technologies and new mobility options can improve urban transportation. The cities are eager to engage proactively with the private sector to ensure that the benefits of the new technologies benefit all parts of society and don’t create a new generation of transportation haves and havenots. Cities have to move people and goods as efficiently as possible to thrive. There is increasing demand for the right-of-way, and access to the curb is becoming the most desired piece of real estate in a city. The inaugural cohort tackled challenges related to automated vehicles, shared mobility, and how to use data to manage complex transportation networks.
Throughout 2018, the communities participated in a variety of interactive workshops with each other and industry-leading transportation experts. The participants are receiving direct technical assistance and sharing the results of their projects with the rest of the collaborative to drive best practices across the country. The 22 communities participating in the collaborative in 2018 are: Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Boulder, CO; Centennial, CO; Gainesville, FL; Houston, TX; Indianapolis, IN; Los Angeles, CA; Madison, WI; Miami-Dade, FL; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; San Jose, CA; Santa Monica, CA; Seattle, WA; Toronto, ON; Washington, DC; and West Sacramento, CA.