June 2018 – This past month, members of the Smart Cities Alliance met at the Collaborative Labs workshop to brainstorm short-term strategies to improve transportation across the region. Focusing on turning big ideas into actionable tasks, the group was asked to identify both problems and potential solutions to some of our most pressing transportation challenges, and bite-sized steps toward implementing solutions. The discussion focused on improving safety on highways and local roads, infrastructure readiness, and supporting multi-modality.
The group overwhelmingly declared that our primary challenges around the region are safety and congestion, better coordination across hardware and infrastructure systems, and the need for a unified multi-modal system. Short-, medium-, and long-term solutions were identified to help resolve each challenge, and the group will reconvene in late July to begin building an implementation plan.