The 33 Smart Mobility Corridor is a key component of Ohio's new Smart Mobility Initiative. Originally launched by The Ohio State University, the Ohio Smart Mobility Initiative has quickly evolved to become a collaborative effort among the Ohio Department of Transportation, DriveOhio, the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, Wright State University, the Transportation Research Center, and the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission.
Ohio's recent investment of $15 million complements another U.S. Department of Transportation grant of $6 million awarded to Dublin, Marysville and Union County, and matched by local funds, to expand fiber optic networks linking to US-33, install highway sensors, and retrofit government and private industry fleets to send and receive data. This will greatly reduce highway congestion and improve freeway safety.
As autonomous and connected vehicle research expands throughout the state, Ohio is set to become the centerpiece of a contiguous, interstate highway test corridor eventually stretching from New York to Detroit and Chicago.
The Transportation Research Center is the largest independent vehicle testing facility and proving grounds in the United States.
BENEFITS OF SMART TECH:
Improves Travel Time Reliability
Traffic Volumes Increase to Optimize Travel Lanes
Road and Highway Safety; Reduces Crashes (90% of accidents are driver-induced)
Safety of Most Vulnerable Road Users (Elderly, Disabled, Inexperienced)
Ensuring Road Network Supports Economic Growth
Reduce Carbon Emissions & Improve Air Quality
Accessible and Integrated Road Network Provides Equal Opportunity
Freight Optimization; Green Fleets Reduce Fuel Expenses
Increases Number of People Using Active Modes of Travel
Reduces Sign Clutter and Parking Lots in Communities
Private Sector Support of New Technologies Cements Role in Future Policies
Since 2016, over $100 MILLION has been pledged by public and private partners in the 33 Smart Mobility Corridor:
USDOT Smart Infrastructure Grant $5,997,500
ODOT Fiber Network Grant $15,000,000
Local Fiber Network Public Funding $400,000
Local Public-Private Matches $3,475,000
TRC SMART Center Phase I $45,000,000
OSU Additional Investment $24,000,000
In conjunction with the US 33 Smart Mobility Corridor project, the City of Marysville is upgrading all 27 traffic signals in the City and equipping them with Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) radios to be used as Road Side Units (RSUs) aimed at delivering Signal Phase and Timing data and other safety messages to vehicles that have been outfitted with On Board Units (OBUs). In addition to the deployment at the traffic signals, the project partners have committed to equipping at least 1,200 vehicles that regularly drive streets in the City with OBUs. The goal is to create an environment where companies can develop and test Vehicle to Vehicle (V-V) and Vehicle to Infrastructure (V-I) technology throughout the entire City in a small town environment, making Marysville the first fully-connected city in the world. Click here for more information.
The first DSRC of the Connected Marysville project was installed on a traffic signal at the intersection of Fifth and Main Streets in Uptown Marysville in the Summer of 2017.