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City files application for $50 M Federal transportation initiative


The City of Pittsburgh, with the assistance of dozens of local and national public and private organizations, has filed its application for the Smart City Challenge, a federal initiative that will provide the winning city $50 million to build technology-based systems to address mounting transportation and transit challenges facing cities nationwide.

The U.S. Department of Transportation named Pittsburgh as a Smart City finalist in March, along with Austin, Columbus, Denver, Kansas City, Portland and San Francisco. Officials from Mayor William Peduto’s administration, with the help of its partners, have been working since then on the city’s application.

The application shows ways in which Pittsburgh will improve transportation safety, enhance mobility, address climate change, and enhance ladders of opportunity for residents and businesses. It includes efforts to create a resilient transportation network that connects people to opportunity and accelerates innovation in energy supply and distribution, storm water management, and data-driven decision-making.

The Department of Transportation is providing $40 million to the winning city and Vulcan Inc. $10 million.

The competition will continue next month with presentations by leaders from all seven cities to USDOT officials in Washington D.C. Due to the competitive nature of the process, the City of Pittsburgh will not release its application until the Smart City winner is announced late next month.

Partners in the Pittsburgh application effort included (but were not limited to): Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Allegheny County; Port Authority of Allegheny County; Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission; Carnegie Mellon University; University of Pittsburgh; Richard King Mellon Foundation; Heinz Endowments; Hillman Foundation; and, Society of Automotive Engineers International.

Also, Allegheny Conference on Community Development; Envision Downtown; Neighborhood Allies; Green Building Alliance; African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania; Uber; Duquesne Light; Rapid Flow Technologies, LLC .; Maya Design; Michael Baker International; Jackson Clark Partners; Economic Development South; Policy Link; Remake Learning; and County Task Force on Disabilities.


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