In 2016, the city of Columbus, Ohio, won the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Smart City Challenge, a national competition that called for midsize cities to propose their visions for enhancing urban mobility, reducing energy usage, addressing climate change, and more equitably engaging underserved communities. Columbus' vision included numerous enabling technologies spanning infrastructure and digital deployments, including a specific component aimed at addressing inefficient vehicle loading zones within the city. For a city that manages more than 10,000 paid parking spaces and has rapidly increasing demand for access to its limited curbside spaces, the fixed nature nature of Columbus' curbs has created a supply and demand imbalance that has led to increased congestion and unsafe operating environments for commuters and commercial operators. Lux spoke with Robert Ferrin, the assistant director for parking services for the city of Columbus, to assess a curb space management technology the city piloted to address this issue from November 2019 to May 2020.
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