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IBM delivers Pittsburgh’s ‘Smarter City’ report

IBM has released its official written recommendations on how to help make Pittsburgh’s transportation system more convenient, efficient, cost effective and environmentally-friendly, and has highlighted the city’s progress to date. Pittsburgh was one of 100 cities to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant, which funded last year’s research by some of the company’s leading transportation experts. The IBM team studied the city’s existing ‘MOVEPGH’ transportation plan, as well as the current infrastructure, in order to create a tangible roadmap of near-term and long-term actions that can be implemented to help Pittsburgh develop into a ‘Smarter City’.

The proposed IBM recommendations include: streamlining traffic flow, by developing a distributed traffic management center; empowering travelers, by creating an integrated transportation data and information services platform; promoting alternative modes of transportation to reduce the number of cars on the road; and coordinating governance for data sharing, in order to develop and deliver a shared transportation data vision and framework.

The city will now work together with Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic 21 initiative, the University of Pittsburgh, PennDOT, IBM, a number of foundations and others to focus on the Smarter Cities Challenge recommendations. The group will create a framework and resources to devise a ‘smarter’ approach to development that incorporates the aspirations of both developers and community members regarding large scale infrastructure and investment.

“As we continue to work with local universities and stakeholders to improve our city’s multi-modal transportation system, we are committed to utilizing IBM’s recommendations to help prioritize our next steps,” said Pittsburgh Mayor, Luke Ravenstahl. “I want to thank the IBM team of experts for working diligently with stakeholders, local leadership and our city planners to help identify ways we can work together to improve the future of our region by creating smarter transportation strategies.”

March 21, 2013

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