Ford Motor Co., city of Indianapolis roll out community mobility challenge

Ford Motor Co. is teaming with the city of Indianapolis for a program that will award up to $100,000 to pilot new ideas for improving local mobility.

Indianapolis will be the fourth city to participate in the City:One Challenge program, organizers announced Tuesday afternoon. Similar challenges are set to launch later this year in Detroit and Austin.

Ford launched similar programs last year in Pittsburgh, Miami/Dade County, Florida; and Grand Rapids, Michigan. Those efforts led to the launch of pilot projects to address issues such as long student pickup lines at schools and the lack of safe transportation options for night-shift workers.

The goal of the eight-month program is to generate ideas that will complement the city’s existing transportation options.

Possible solutions, according to organizers, will focus on improving the affordability of transportation options; improving access to jobs, health care and education; creating multimodal options that complement existing IndyGo bus service; creating a seamless integration between transportation options; finding creative ways to distribute transportation credits and incentives to individuals; and enhancing mobility options for people with physical disabilities or other challenges.

In August, a selection committee made up of city officials, community stakeholders and corporate supporters will select 10 to 15 semifinalists who will receive resources to develop a full pilot proposal.

Then, in October, one or more finalists will receive up to $100,000 from Ford and local partners to fund pilot tests of their ideas. 

More information on the challenge can be found here.

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