City Mayor Says Kansas City is Ready to go “Smart”
The seven finalists out of seventy eight applications for the desired $40-million federal transportation grant are Kansas City, Denver, Pittsburg, Columbus, Austin, Portland, San Francisco. On Thursday, the mayors of these cities made presentations to Foxx in Washington.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James also pitched for the reason why his city deserved the tens of millions of dollars in federal transportation funds "We've been there, done that". James publicized the success of the city's "smart" corridor in the newly created downtown streetcar route that also flaunts free Wi-Fi, several digital services and also interactive kiosks.
He said, "So we know what we're doing; it's not a gamble. Selecting us would be a big win for our team, it would be a big win for your team, but it would be a catalytic win for the people of Kansas City."
Later in June, the U. S. Department of Transportation will declare and reward the winner which will become the first "Smart City" in the country which will integrate technologies into the transport network including self-driving cars, smart sensors and other digital services.