City of Surrey and City of Vancouver, British Columbia

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Executive Summary

"I live here with my wife and baby daughter and we have watched your little shuttle go back and forth and it makes us smile! You have my support for anything that moves people quietly, without pollution, slowly, safely, through our neighbourhood!"

– Darren, Vancouver resident commenting on the Electric Autonomous Shuttle demonstration

Challenge Statement

Surrey and Vancouver will implement Canada's first two collision-free multi-modal transportation corridors, leveraging autonomous vehicles and smart technologies to demonstrate the path to safer, healthier and more socially connected communities while reducing emissions, improving transportation efficiency and enhancing livability in the face of rapid growth and traffic congestion. #SmarterTogether

Summary

Surrey and Vancouver will implement Canada's first two collision-free multi-modal transportation corridors, taking an ambitious step toward improving our residents' quality of life by removing transportation safety risk, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and increasing transportation efficiency.

We will provide a model for Canadian cities and will turn Canada into a global autonomous vehicle and smart mobility leader. To achieve this, our two collision-free corridors will be equipped with smart mobility solutions related to:

  • autonomous shuttles
  • smart mobility infrastructure
  • advanced data and analytics, and
  • enhanced user experience

The Surrey-Vancouver joint proposal is the result of an extensive, inclusive, and community-first engagement with our residents and an unprecedented collaboration between our two cities. Our journey together has involved rich conversations that have led to strong bonds and a new inter-city culture. We have learned and innovated together to propose a vision that will increase transportation safety, contribute to a greener environment, and build stronger communities.

We have become #SmarterTogether through the Smart Cities Challenge. Our collision-free multi-modal transportation corridors, enabled by smart city technology, represent a bold step in the move from incremental transportation safety improvements to exponential progress.

The Finalist's Perspective

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The smart cities challenge is a competition that called in Canadian communities to explore how data and connected technology can achieve meaningful outcomes for residence.

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Winning communities

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The finalists

$50M category: City of Surrey and City of Vancouver, British Columbia

Tell us about your team and your community

Sean Simpson (Director, Information Technology, City of Surrey): Our community is in the city of Vancouver and in Surrey. One's at urban context, one's a suburban context. Both are very diverse, multicultural, city of Surrey were growing for over a thousand residents a month, we have a third of populations under 20. So, that makes us very unique, we have a very diverse team representing 2 cities and we have also extended that team with partners from the community in putting academia, another local stakeholders.

On screen: Why did you enter the challenge?

Sean Simpson (Director, Information Technology, City of Surrey): We entered this challenge to really provide a meaningful outcomes for our residents and our citizens to improve the quality of life and we heard from them that mobility was the most important thing to move forward with and for us the city of Surrey and in Vancouver, those 2 different mobility challenges not only considered moving people through quarter as faster but also getting them out of their cars and in the other modes of transportations; bicycles and public transportation. So, those were couple of more important reasons for us to move forward in this challenge.

On screen: Challenge statement: Surrey and Vancouver will implement Canada's first two collision-free multi-modal transportation corridors, leveraging autonomous vehicles and smart technologies to demonstrate the path to safer, healthier and more socially connected communities while reducing emissions, improving transportation efficiency and enhancing livability in the face of rapid growth and traffic congestion. #SmarterTogether

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The Jury's Perspective

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My name is Carol Anne Hilton. I am the CEO of the Indigenomics Institute.

I was inspired to be a juror for the "Smart Cities Challenge" because I see the importance of driving a future reality and the possibility to focus on solutions today that are scalable, inclusive and open are an important pathway to be able to do that.

The Vancouver application delivered a forward thinking approach to focus on two concept transportation corridors that had the ability to look at collision-free multimodal approach that was scalable forward thinking and solutions driven.

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Spotlight on Finalists:
City of Surrey and City of Vancouver, British Columbia

Population: 1,149,373

Focus Areas:

Mobility Safety and Security

Prize Category:

#smartcitiesCanada

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