The United States is facing an infrastructure crisis as our roads and bridges are aging and exceeding capacity.
“Last December, US Dept. of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Foxx launched the Smart City Challenge in response to the Beyond Traffic draft report, which revealed that our nation’s aging infrastructure is not equipped to deal with a dramatically growing population in regions throughout the country.”
On Thursday, June 9 at 2:00pm ET the mayors of the seven finalist cities: Austin Texas , Columbus Ohio, Denver Colorado, Kansas City Missouri, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Portland Oregon, and San Francisco California with make their final pitch for why their city should be selected as the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge. Wi=The winning city will receive up to $50 million from the USDOT including Autodesk technology to help them design and build integrated and innovative transportation solutions in their city.
You can watch the pitches live via livestream on the web, click here to RSVP.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
- Austin Mayor Steve Adler
- Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther
- Denver Mayor Michael Hancock
- Kansas City Mayor Sly James
- Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto
- Portland Mayor Charlie Hales
- San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
I have lived and worked in both San Francisco and Portland and can attest to the transportation pains in these cities. Is it selfish to hope that Portland wins and they focus the efforts on transportation improvements and road solution between my house and work and also to Portland's Eastside restaurants, music venues, and bars? Updating our aging infrastructure with the latest in design and technology solutions will help reduce wasted time, wasted fuel, pollution, and safety problems.