Columbus, Ohio, is America’s test market. Fast food chains test hamburgers here. Clothing companies test designs here. And since winning the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge in 2016, Columbus has also become the place where innovative transportation technologies are tested.
Columbus looks like most midsize American cities facing mobility challenges caused by regional sprawl, but it’s also the fastest growing city in the Midwest, providing a test bed of roadway congestion, high rates of single occupant vehicle commutes and disconnected neighborhoods. Through Smart Columbus, a regional smart-city initiative co-led by the City of Columbus and Columbus Partnership, we are seeking to solve these problems and harness our position as the nation’s test market to write the playbook for how other local governments can solve their transportation challenges, too.
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Written by Jordan Davis.
Originally published July 18, 2019.