Birmingham Alabama Misses Out on $50M in Smart Cities Funding for Transport

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities March 15, 2016 14:17

Birmingham Alabama Misses Out on $50M in Smart Cities Funding for Transport

Birmingham was not one of seven finalists selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation for its Smart Cities Challenge.

A total of 78 cities applied for the program, which will award a total of $50 million in funding to one city to help it become the country’s first city to fully integrate innovative technologies like self-driving cars, connected vehicles and smart sensors into its transportation network.

Birmingham and Montgomery each applied in Alabama.

Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Denver, Colo.; Kansas City, Mo.; Pittsburgh; Portland, Ore.; and San Francisco, Calif.; were selected as the finalists. The announcement was made at SXSW in Austin.

The grant would have included $40 million in pledged appropriations and $10 million from Paul G. Allen‘s Vulcan Inc. The winner will be selected in June.

For Birmingham, which is grappling with a number of transportation challenges, the funding could have been used to address congestion issues, as well as a need for improved public transit.

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities March 15, 2016 14:17