World : San Francisco smart city pilots aim to make streets safer

In San Francisco, smart city parking apps are already paying off, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving rider satisfaction.

When you think of San Francisco, smart city should come to mind. ... OK, maybe it will come to mind after Rice-a-Roni and trolleys and the Golden Gate Bridge. The city has been part of the international network of smart cities, sharing best practices with its sister cities, including Paris and Barcelona, Spain.

The city by the bay has been using technology to make its building operations more efficient, reduce energy use, streamline waste management system and expand its transportation system to make mobility easier.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is playing a key role in the city's smart city initiatives and is working to improve transit while pursuing environmental goals such as zero carbon.

Last year, the city received $11 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for six innovative projects aimed at reducing traffic congestion and creating a safer and more efficient transportation system, said Paul Rose, chief spokesman for the SFMTA.

The six programs will create:

  • New connected high-occupancy vehicle lanes for public transit and carpools
  • Dedicated curb space for pick-up and drop-off by carpools
  • Smart traffic signals to reduce congestion and improve safety
  • Connected Vision Zero safety corridors to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists; engineering projects in support of Vision Zero will incorporate effective safety improvements such as protected bike lanes, wider sidewalks and reduced traffic speeds
  • A connected, electronic toll system for the congestion pricing program at Treasure Island, a manmade island in San Francisco Bay that was built in the late 1930s as a spectacle for the World's Fair
  • The deployment and testing of electronic, autonomous shuttle buses serving intra-island trips on Treasure Island

"San Francisco has a culture of innovation, early adopters and openness in our geographically small, dense city, which makes it the ideal location to pilot ambitious transportation initiatives like these," Rose said. "While visionary support from our federal partners isn't new to us, it's always needed and tremendously appreciated."


Source :

Smart Grid Bulletin July 2019

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