Kansas City makes case for Smart City grant

In a presentation before Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Kansas City Mayor Sly James’

itch for why his city deserved tens of millions of dollars in federal transportation funds was simple: “We’ve been there, done that.”

James touted the city’s success with creating a “smart” corridor along the new downtown streetcar route with interactive kiosks, free Wi-Fi and other digital services.

“So we know what we’re doing; it’s not a gamble,” said James. “Selecting us would be a big win for our team, it would be a big win for your team, but it would be a catalytic win for the people of Kansas City.”

Kansas City is one of seven finalists from 78 applications from across the country for a coveted $40-million federal transportation grant. Mayors from Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Pittsburgh; Portland, Ore.; and San Francisco also made presentations to Foxx in Washington on Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Transportation will award the prize later this month to help the winner become the country’s first “Smart City” to fully integrate technologies such as self-driving cars, digital services and smart sensors into its transportation network.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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