Bullet Train vs. Smart City
In 2008, China began construction on the world’s first high-speed railway. The bullet train travels between Shanghai and Beijing at speeds of 236 MPH, outshining all of the major railways in the United States. Americans have stood envious of “futuristic” technology, but why settle for infrastructure that only solves rapid transit? The Smart City plan in Columbus has taken the applications of technology a step further.
From the bullet train in China, back to the Smart City in Columbus – 889 Global Solutions is a proud contributing member to both communities. One thing assured: technological progression and the applications of the Smart City plan will only continue to grow. The Smart City plan has already started to spread to other Midwestern cities. Detroit has jumped on board with the same self-driving vehicle technology.
“I look forward to working with local leaders and community members to realize the vision of a first-of-its-kind transportation service that increases access to jobs, links neighborhoods, and improves real-time information in a sustainable, safe way,” – Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown.
To read more details on the plan: https://www.transportation.gov/smartcity/winner
Columbus to Pittsburgh in fifteen-minutes:
What if you could travel from Columbus to Pittsburgh in less than fifteen minutes, or Chicago in less than a half hour? In June 2016, Columbus won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City grant worth $40 million to help make this dream a reality. Following publication of the extensive plan on how to use this grant, total-funds swelled to $150 million with generous donations from corporations including Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and MobileEye. However, the real MVP was the local business community in Ohio, pledging an additional $90 million in funding for the city.
But why all the public attention? – After all, of the seventy-eight total cities, and seven finalists, Columbus is not the most populated by far. Instead, beat out tech-savvy cities like Austin, Texas and San Francisco thanks to broad community support and an innovative plan to connect the problems Columbus most identifies with to specific and measureable solutions. The most significant of these are the outstanding issues of infant mortality, health disparity, and unemployment in Columbus. To solve these problems, the plan will connect people with jobs, closely monitor air pollution, and vastly improve infrastructure.
Combating infant mortality with transportation:
The infant mortality rate in Central Ohio is four-times higher than the national average. This largely stems from a health disparity gap and a lack of available care to those who need it most. Now, Columbus has identified a way to connect these citizens with the resources they need. By integrating electronic appointment scheduling for expecting mothers with a transit system equipped with free public Wi-Fi, smartphone apps, smart traffic signals, and self-driving cars Columbus plans on reducing the infant mortality rate by 40% and to cut the health disparity gap in half by 2020.
If that goal wasn’t enough to win the prize, Columbus added unemployment to the hurdles it would jump in this extensive plan. Unemployment rates in the Linden neighborhood are three times higher than the Columbus city average. One of the major goals of Anthony Foxx, Secretary of U.S. Transportation, is to provide the low-income population with increased access to transportation options. This public transit system will connect locals to nearby job centers, provide transportation to work, and better connect the districts of Columbus.
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