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Adler makes transportation vow
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano
Yesterday, Mayor Steve Adler and members of the city’s Transportation Department continued their push to win the $50 million Smart City Challenge with a presentation to representatives from the U.S. Department of Transportation. According to a press release from the mayor’s office, Adler’s remarks included a promise to “move ahead with the technological transformation of Austin’s mobility regardless of the outcome of the Smart City Challenge.” However, that doesn’t mean he is throwing in the towel. “No city needs this more, and no city is better situated to take advantage of all the Smart City Challenge offers on mobility. What we can accomplish with mobility technology can provide ladders of opportunity for everyone in Austin as well as greater mobility for everyone in the country. You don’t get opportunities like this all the time, and we are going all out to win it,” said Adler. “We can, and because we can, we must. And because we must, we will. I want the Smart City Challenge to be a ladder of opportunity into the middle class.”