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Traffic21's 10-Year Anniversary

Ten years ago, Traffic21 was challenged by the Hillman Foundation to research, develop and deploy intelligent transportation systems in Pittsburgh. The institute applied an innovative model leveraging leading-edge technology development, world-class policy research and real-world public and private partnerships. This 10-Year Anniversary celebrates the deployment of these technologies which has improved safety, mobility and the environment, put Pittsburgh on the map as a smart city and launched companies that are growing the local economy. Traffic21 has leveraged over $70 million in funding and spawned two National University Transportation Centers (T-SET and Mobility21), the Metro21: Smart Cities Institute and the Metro Lab Network.

The thought was, if it worked for transportation, why not for the other systems that make up metropolitan life? Indeed, cities are systems of systems and need to be addressed as such. Metro21: Smart Cities Initiative was launched in July 2014, and became a campus-wide institute in March 2018. Generous investments by the Heinz Endowments, Richard King Mellon Foundation and Buhl Foundation carried things forward.

Since the launch of Metro21, many projects have contributed to the goals of the Hillman Foundation and the institute is looking forward to continuing to live out its mission of using technology and policy to transform city life

The Traffic21 Institute Tenth Anniversary Symposium will be held November 7 & 8, 2019 on CMU’s campus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and include plenary sessions, anniversary luncheon, evening reception and research showcase. Over 300 participants are expected including students and faculty along with our community, government, and industry partners.

At this Ten Year Anniversary, Traffic21 is embracing a formidable new challenge: Innovating Mobility for All. We invite you to join us for the ride in celebrating Traffic21 on 10 years of outstanding innovation! Visit this link for more information: