Smart Columbus facing unfinished projects as 2021 deadline looms

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx ticked off the ways the Smart City challenge grant would change Columbus.

Standing behind a podium in Linden’s Douglas Recreation Center in June 2016, Foxx said the federal government’s four-year, $40 million award would help the city link pregnant women in a neighborhood suffering from high rates of infant mortality to doctor’s offices.

As the winner of the national competition, Columbus also would be able to deploy autonomous shuttles at Easton, platoon semi-trucks to improve traffic flow and develop a first-of-its-kind autonomous vehicle corridor…

Four years since Columbus became America’s Smart City, though, some of those ideas still haven’t materialized. Other projects have been delayed or are behind schedule. Columbus hasn’t completely transformed into a transportation innovation hub, but officials involved say it has made progress.