Exploring Smarter Regional Transportation Solutions
What does a Smart Cincy mean to you? In April, leaders from around the region gathered in Cincinnati to explore smart city growth. Better public transportation, advanced and autonomous vehicles, and even tube transportation (aka Hyperloop) were all trending topics following speakers and panels centered around mobility during the springtime summit. Before that, a Greater Cincinnati working group began convening to lay the foundation of smart regional transportation planning to better connect residents to each other and opportunities leveraging data and emerging technologies - and putting people at the center of the smart cities conversation. Mobility is one of the four pillars of smart city planning at the forefront of these efforts. The others are connectivity, security, and sustainability.
As we build a smarter Greater Cincinnati, community development, social mobility, and economic growth will all be catalyzed by smarter transportation planning. Leaders from each area university, the business community, and neighborhood groups are collaborating with local and regional officials to move the smart mobility conversation forward, exploring solutions from walking and biking paths to dynamic public transit and advanced technology solutions. Electric vehicle chargers, smart traffic signals, on-demand public transportation, autonomous vehicle testing, and next generation transportation infrastructure are all a part of the conversation, but at the heart of the mobility committee, connecting people to jobs, education, healthcare, and improving first mile/last mile solutions drive many of the efforts.
Smarter Transportation will mean improving the quality of life for residents and enhancing the workability and livability in the Cincinnati Region. Less congestion, cleaner air, more equitable public transportation, alleviated municipal budgets, and advanced transportation technologies will enhance the experience of residents and guests, growing local economies and bolstering the talent and innovation funnel that Cincinnati leaders have been building since the early 2000's when 3CDC was founded and community groups began investing in Cincinnati's all but forgotten downtown core.
A smart mobility corridor will be the first step in Cincinnati's smart mobility planning. Eventually, a statewide mobility corridor will connect Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland and beyond - throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. If you're interested in learning more about the Smart Cincy Mobility sub-committee or working group, get in touch below.
Smart Cincy Mobility Sub-committee Leadership
- Chair: Caroline Duffy, 143 Engineers
- Vice-chair: Dr Jonathan Corey, University of Cincinnati
- Dr Shaaban Abdallah, University of Cincinnati Hyperloop
- Dr Heng Wei, University of Cincinnati
- Dr Jill Henry, Northern Kentucky University
Look out for the smart cincy annual report coming october 2017 and don't forget to join us at the first smart regions conference at bb&T Arena on october 25th. The event will be the second smart cities gathering hosted by the Smart Cincy group.