USDOT Smart City Challenge

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Smart City Challenge is a competitive funding opportunity for mid-size cities nationwide, seeking bold, data-driven ideas to improve lives by making transportation safer, easier, and more reliable.

Rochester is one of 64 cities eligible for the Smart City Challenge. USDOT will select five finalists to receive $100,000 grants to complete their proposals. One winning city will be awarded funding of up to $40 million, as well as other significant resources from private and non-profit partners, to implement their vision for a Smart City.

The City of Rochester is preparing an application describing how emerging transportation data, technologies, and applications can be integrated with existing systems to address transportation challenges.

Download the Jan. 22, 2016 Workshop Presentation Slides 

Round 1 application

Our application will draw from existing community data, plans and programs, and integrate input from regional agencies, businesses and institutions, consultants and community groups to address the twelve vision elements identified in the challenge:


Have a bold idea?

We are seeking public input!

Make sure to review the Smart City Challenge web page, and then submit your bold idea.

Lend Your Support

Want to express your support for Rochester’s Smart City Challenge application? Please use the sample letter of support or send an email to the City of Rochester's Transportation Specialist Erik Frisch.