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Madison joins smart cities group

Madison is one of 16 cities that have been selected to join Transportation for America’s new smart cities collaborative, Mayor Paul Soglin has announced. The collaborative is a part of an effort to engage cities in using new technology to develop efficient and affordable transportation options for all residents.

“By partnering with other cities and sharing ideas on technology, we can work together to develop affordable ways to get to our jobs, schools, recreation and homes,” Soglin said in a news release. “The innovation that evolves from this effort may be as life-changing as the interstate highway system was 50 years ago.”

Soglin’s office pointed to a number of projects — including a Park Street transportation corridor equipped with technology that allows traffic signals to communication with buses and cars, and will eventually do so with pedestrians and bikes. There is also an adaptive control system on McKee and Fish Hatchery roads that adjusts the timing of signals in response to changing traffic flow. That system sets Madison apart from other cities.

Over the coming year, the collaborative will spend most of its time on three priorities: Automated vehicles, shared mobility and performance measures and data analytics.

Transportation for America is a group consisting of elected, business and civic leaders from around the U.S., It encourages officials at the state and federal levels to provide local governments with resources related to transportation.

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