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Smart City Challenge

Winning Bid

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:

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:

Smart City Challenge Resource Guide (pdf)

Beyond Traffic: USDOT's 30 Year Framework for the Future

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:

Technology Elements:

Smart City Elements:

Innovative Approaches to Urban Transportation Elements:

More information on the selection process can be found in the USDOT Notice of Funding Opportunity. 

Last updated Oct 23, 2018



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