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How two cities are integrating comprehensive planning with electrification efforts to ensure their urban centres evolve and serve the needs of communities.

With our urban centres continually growing and evolving, cities are increasingly focusing on transformative mobility solutions that integrate comprehensive planning with electrification efforts. These some of the themes we’ve been exploring in this week’s SmartCitiesWorld news.

In a move to modernise public transit, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) board of trustees has approved a ballot measure that, if passed, can initiate funding for the proposed LinkUs Initiative. The initiative aims to address regional growth, affordability, sustainability, and opportunity. If the measure is approved, it will generate public funding to expand and modernise public transit across more than 40 communities in COTA’s service area.

The initiative includes hundreds of miles of sidewalks, bikeways, and pathways, promoting a multimodal transportation network that enhances connectivity and accessibility for residents.

Dallas, the fourth-largest metro area in the United States, is making significant strides toward improving air quality and sustainability by committing to electrify its vehicle fleet by 2040. In collaboration with Ford Pro, Dallas has entered a 10-year agreement to develop and manage EV charging infrastructure for the City’s fleet operations.

This partnership involves installing chargers at various city worksites and using smart charging software to optimise EV charging performance. This integrated approach ensures that fleet vehicles are charged efficiently and are ready for use, supporting Dallas’s broader goal of reducing emissions and enhancing operational efficiency.

The transformation of urban mobility is a multifaceted challenge that requires comprehensive planning, advanced technology, and a commitment to sustainability. Initiatives like LinkUs and Dallas’ electrification efforts illustrate how cities and regions are working and partnering to create more efficient, clean, and safe transportation systems.

By integrating these elements, urban centres can better meet the demands of growing populations while promoting a healthier and more sustainable today and tomorrow.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Luke Antoniou

Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 24.05.2024

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