Smart City Dive: City of the Year: Columbus, OH

Two years on from winning the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) inaugural Smart City Challenge, Columbus, OH is rolling out new programs as its work through Smart Columbus becomes more public-facing.

Having spent the first year of its four-year smart city program working behind the scenes and conducting research, 2018 has been the year of introducing new city features and initiatives, including transit updates and efforts to battle climate change.

“In general, 2018 has been more exciting than any year to date since winning, which is a good thing. That means forward progress,” Smart Columbus Director Jordan Davis told Smart Cities Dive.

Perhaps the biggest area of progress this year has been in the city’s increased reliance on electric vehicles (EVs), including in its bus fleet and other government vehicles.