October 31, 2016
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Northwest cities among 16 that formed Smart Cities Collaborative to advocate for urban mobility solutions

Seattle is not an outlier in the need for better transportation mobility solutions. That is why a group of 16 cities throughtout the nation have come together to form the Smart Cities Collaborative, a coalition that will push for solutions that get people to work and home more efficiently even as urban gridlock increases.

The cities will meet with one another and transportation experts to share information and best practices and will focus on the following core areas:

  • automated vehicles and their potential impact on urban transit systems, congestion, transportation equity, and the environment;
  • shared mobility and how it could help cities provide equitable, affordable and sustainable transportation choices; and
  • performance measures and data analytics, including how to use data to manage complex transportation networks and achieve transit equity and environmental goals. Applicant cities also expressed interest in carbon-reduction strategies and vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies.

The areas participating in the collaborative are: Austin, Texas; Boston; Centennial, Colo.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Denver; Lone Tree, Colo.; Los Angeles; Madison, Wis.; Miami-Dade County, Fla.; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Nashville, Tenn.; Portland, Ore.; Sacramento; San Jose, Calif.; Seattle; and Washington, D.C.

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