The Fed funds crowdsourced transit solutions

First we had the federal government funding crowdsourced placemaking solutions, and now they’re crowdsourcing transportation solutions! Who would have thought the federal government would be out-innovating the private sector.

Located in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) is sponsoring a $50,000 prize for the best crowdsourced solution to our traffic congestion problems. Referred to as the ITS Challenge, the official statement says it all…

“The ITS Congestion Challenge is a global competition to identify the best and most creative ideas to effectively reduce congestion and its impacts on the economy, environment, and quality of life.

The competition is open to entrepreneurs, commuters, transportation experts, researchers, universities, and citizens from all fields around the globe. All ideas will be reviewed, discussed and rated by an open global community (during the month of August 2009), to determine the best and most creative ideas to effectively solve the consequences of traffic congestion.

The winner will be announced during the 16th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Stockholm, Sweden, September 21-25, 2009, and will receive a cash investment of $50,000 USD, as well as development and implementation support to pursue turning the ideas into real-world solutions.”

OK private sector, time to step up and get in the game, the government is showing you up.

p.s. If you’re wondering about the lower photo choice above (Piazza Navona, Italy) – no traffic congestion…