Mayor’s Office of Communications
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 9, 2018
City of Atlanta One of 22 Cities Selected for T4America’s Smart Cities Collaborative
ATLANTA – The Department of City Planning today announced that the City of Atlanta is one of 22 communities selected to participate in the second cohort of the Transportation for America (T4America) Smart Cities Collaborative program. The Smart Cities Collaborative program will bring together multiple cities to collaborate on challenges related to implementing smart mobility policies and projects, and to explore how emerging technologies and new mobility options can improve urban transportation in the City of Atlanta.
Over the course of the year, members of the Department of City Planning will join other City agencies to tackle how emerging technologies and new mobility options are reshaping the use of the right-of-way and curb space, and to ensure people move safely and efficiently throughout the City.
“There is emerging technology that would transform the mobility of our City and it’s important that we gain insight on how to scale and integrate new technologies with our partners,” said Commissioner Tim Keane, Department of City Planning. “In the past year alone, there were notable updates to master plans for different districts as the City of Atlanta continues to grow. Along with the Access Strategy for City Design, major areas in Atlanta such as Downtown Atlanta and the Buckhead area updated their master plans. The convergence of these updates creates a rare opportunity to ensure emerging technologies will be incorporated while implementing policies and projects that will prepare our streets for growth and increased mobility. The Smart Cities Collaborative will offer tools to leverage this opportunity effectively.”
“Whether electric scooters, new dockless bikesharing systems, curbside delivery or ridesourcing services, the pace of innovation is accelerating and these technologies and new mobility options are already on our streets and having a tangible impact in our communities.” said Russ Brooks, T4America’s Director of Smart Cities. "The City of Atlanta and our other participating cities are eager to work together and cooperate, not only to bring these new technologies to their communities, but also to ensure that they are directed toward solving their most pressing transportation challenges and helping them become more efficient, safe, and equitable places to live and work.”
The City of Atlanta was selected from a group of 50 cities that applied to be a part of the Collaborative this year. The inaugural cohort of cities tackled challenges related to automated vehicles, shared mobility and how to use data to manage complex transportation networks.
The Collaborative will hold its first meeting in Denver on April 16-17. Throughout the year Atlanta will participate in a variety of interactive workshops, both with the other cities and with industry-leading transportation experts. The participants will then receive direct technical assistance and share the results of their projects with the rest of the Collaborative to drive best practices across the country.
The full list of 22 communities participating in the Collaborative in 2018 are:
Los Angeles, CA,
New York, NY
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Jose, CA
Santa Monica, CA
West Sacramento, CA
ABOUT TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA
Transportation for America is an alliance of elected, business and civic leaders from communities across the country, united to ensure that states and the federal government step up to invest in smart, homegrown, locally-driven transportation solutions — because these are the investments that hold the key to our future economic prosperity. Learn more at T4america.org. T4America is a program of Smart Growth America.
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