GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The City of Gainesville has been selected to participate in Transportation for America’s (T4America) second round of their Smart Cities Collaborative. In its second year, the Collaborative will again bring together cities to collaborate on the challenges related to implementing smart mobility policies and projects, and help Gainesville explore how emerging technologies and new mobility options can improve transportation in our area.
“The Smart Cities Collaborative will address transportation inequities with new approaches and new technologies” said Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe. “It is another important step in becoming a New American City by collaborating with transportation experts, engaging in transformational projects and implementing innovative transportation strategies, products and services.” Specifically, Gainesville will join cities such as San Francisco, New York, and Portland to tackle how emerging technologies are reshaping the use of public right-of-way and curb space, and to ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and goods through our community.
“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. Gainesville 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.”
Gainesville was selected from a group of 50 cities that applied to be a part of the Collaborative this year. The first meeting will be held in mid-April in Denver, CO. Throughout the year Gainesville will participate in a variety of interactive workshops, both with other cities and with transportation experts. From there, participants will receive direct technical assistance and share the results of their projects with other cities to drive best practices across the country.
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