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$300,000 up for grabs in CMU's Smart Mobility Challenge

Aaron Aupperlee
| Thursday, June 15, 2017, 4:18 p.m.

Carnegie Mellon University wants to bring its top-tier transportation innovation and research to municipalities in Western Pennsylvania.

The university's Traffic21 institute announced the Smart Mobility Challenge on Thursday, making up to $300,000 available to CMU faculty and students to pilot transportation projects in select communities.

“College of Engineering researchers will engage with the community to deploy smart transportation technologies that will result in resilient, cost-effective transportation and infrastructure throughout the region,” James Garrett Jr., dean of Carnegie Mellon College of Engineering, said in a statement.

The projects could address challenges such as limited access to work, education, health care, tourism, vehicle emissions and more efficient freight traffic.

Traffic21 has collaborated with Pittsburgh for years, piloting projects like smart traffic signals.

Municipal leaders can use an online form to explain why their community would be a good place for a pilot program. CMU will then match the communities with researchers who will work together on developing a project. Those projects will be presented and two to four will receive funding, according the university's website about the challenge.

Municipalities in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland counties are eligible.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-REview staff writer

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