Indy Joins Smart Cities Collaborative

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The city of Indianapolis has been chosen to participate in a program aimed at implementing smart mobility practices and exploring emerging technologies. Indy will join 21 other communities in Transportation for America's Smart Cities Collaborative.

The city says the program focuses on the creation of city-specific goals and policies related to the design, measurement, management and the price of long-term transport infrastructure development. Indy plans to use its participation in the collaborative to develop "mobility hubs" which will convene various multimodal transit options, such as bus lines, bikeshare stations, bike parking and vehicle sharing, into several, centralized locations.

"This is an exciting announcement for our city, as this partnership with Transportation for America will help advance our efforts to create a more accessible community," Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a news release. "With their support, we will work with experts and leaders from cities across the country to identify and implement mobility solutions that benefit all Indianapolis residents."

The Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development and Department of Public Works is working in partnership with IndyGo on the effort. The city says the effort will help create innovative strategies to "maximize the potential of existing infrastructure and build an accessible and effective city-wide transit system."

The first meeting of the Smart Cities Collaborative will take place April 16-17 in Denver.

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