Kansas City again passed over for federal Smart Cities grant

Posted at 8:58 AM, Oct 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-17 09:58:09-04

Kansas City has lost out on another bid for a federal technology grant, but officials hope to find other funding for planned projects.

The city applied for a recent round of funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for cutting-edge transportation technologies. The money would have been used to provide free Wi-Fi, kiosks and smart street lights along the planned Prospect MAX rapid bus line.

KC wasn't among the winners announced Thursday in the Smart City Challenge. Winners received grants of $3 million to about $11 million.

Kansas City Chief Innovation Officer Bob Bennett says the city has a plan, and there will be other ways to find project funding.

The city was also finalist for an earlier Smart City Challenge.


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