In 2016, CBB assisted the City of St. Louis in preparation of an application for the USDOT Smart Cities Challenge. The purpose of this challenge was to get cities thinking about how future transportation systems can improve people’s lives and how to move toward a “Smarter” future. The challenge was announced after the publication of Beyond Traffic 2045: Trends and Choices, a document that outlines current and future trends in transportation as well as any challenges associated with those trends.
CBB launched the application-writing process with a Smart City Workshop. The goal of this workshop was to start a regional discussion about Smart City opportunities in the St. Louis region. This workshop resulted in a list of fifteen regional “Smart City” projects that seek to enhance mobility, improve safety, and address regional needs. Submitted by the City of St. Louis, the application was co-sponsored by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), East West Gateway Council of Governments, Metro, St. Louis County Department of Transportation, and Great Rivers Greenway. Several additional local agencies and five universities where ultimately involved the application’s preparation.
Seventy-seven cities submitted a Smart City Challenge application. Seven finalist cities were awarded $100,000 each to further develop project concepts outlined in their application. Columbus, Ohio was announced as the winner and received $40 million from the USDOT as well as additional money and product from supporting sponsors. CBB was pleased to be a part of this collaboration and looks forward to working with many partners to continue to develop transportation systems that are smarter, safer, more mobile and sustainable for all people.