From late 2015 through June 2016, Denver participated in the Smart City Challenge grant competition offered by the U.S. Department of Transportation and was selected as one of seven finalists from the 78 cities that applied.
In June 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the City of Columbus, Ohio, won the Smart City Challenge funding and, while Denver was disappointed it did not receive the funding, our work created a clear roadmap that will help us pursue our vision to build a better city for all.
Increased mobility freedom through improved, accessible choices is a longstanding goal for Denver and the Smart City Challenge accelerated our efforts to achieve it. The Challenge fostered national competitiveness among cities that spurred an unprecedented level of collaboration between city, public, private, non-profit and community stakeholders to develop truly innovative, effective, and meaningful solutions to Denver’s mobility challenges. The Challenge also was an opportunity to dream big – to think above and beyond normal budget constraints, knowledge barriers, and technological hurdles to identify a concrete path forward with a focus on innovative technologies, vehicle electrification and the need to better connect lower-income neighborhoods. Now that we have a plan in hand, along with the industry and community partnerships, we are working hard to identify 2017 budget priorities and outside funding opportunities that will allow us to turn the plan into action.
Denver thanks the industry and community partners that contributed to the Smart City proposal and looks forward to each next step towards turning our vision into reality.
Review the Executive Summary from Denver’s final Smart City Challenge submittal (May 2016) to learn more about our vision.
Denver's Smart City Challenge Video, June 2016
Denver’s proposal aimed to overcome challenges caused by rapid population growth, increased traffic congestion, increasing numbers of serious crashes, environmental impacts, and widening income, housing and education gaps. A significant portion of the programs and demonstration projects are aimed specifically at delivering mobility freedom and better connections to opportunities for the 200,000 people living in 22 of Denver’s poorest neighborhoods in West, North and Northeast Denver.
Our Smart City proposal was composed of four integrated components with a dozen distinct projects to:
The total value of Denver’s proposal exceeded $84 million.
This living, intelligent data engine will serve as a national model for gathering disparate data sets, incorporating new data from thousands of sources and providing a constant data feedback loop that continuously improves our understanding of where, when, how and why people are going places – so that ultimately we can improve their travel options and experiences. This engine will power our entire proposal.
This component takes the data and makes it available in a universal mobility marketplace.
This platform will allow us to:
This component focuses on the electrification of City, transit and other commercial vehicle fleets; incentivizing greater deployment of electric vehicles for personal use; installing additional charging stations; and partnering with Xcel Energy to further de-carbonize the grid. We will:
This component will usher in a new era of transformational technologies that will connect vehicles to each other, traffic signals and other infrastructure, and ultimately will lead to driverless cars. This component will: