City of Minneapolis Responds to USDOT Smart City Challenge

The City of Minneapolis, on behalf of Metro Transit, the city of Saint Paul, and a half-dozen other partners, submitted an application on February 4th, 2016 in response to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge, a competition to bring home $50 million to improve transit and transportation.  Further details on the application can be found in an article posted on Finance and Commerce by author Janice Bitters by clicking on this link: http://finance-commerce.com/transit/2016/02/02/agencies-gear-up-for-50m-transportation-challenge/

The USDOT issued a press release on February 8th with the news that 77 applications were received from cities all across the country.  Five finalists will be announced at the South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 12th, and the finalists will each receive $100,000 to hone their proposals and develop applications for the final selection process scheduled for June 2016.  The full USDOT press release and other details on the Smart City Challenge can be found by clicking on this link: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOT/bulletins/1352b9e