Crain’s Chicago, a prominent online business news source for Chicago’s top business leaders, featured an opinion piece by Smart Cities Guru Anil Ahuja, on his long-term recommendation for Chicago’s failing infrastructure. The piece, which was later syndicated to online news outlet Chicago Crusader, urges Chicago’s leaders and decision makers to take the long view when it comes to repairing the Windy City’s transportation issues by thinking beyond concrete and steel and instead integrating technology into the solution.
Ahuja believes President Trump’s trillion-dollar infrastructure plan is an opportunity to reinforce and invest in Chicago’s infrastructure once and for all by implementing a series of green infrastructure strategies to future-proof roads and public transit. “By investing in advanced traffic management systems, or ATMS, for example, officials could ensure the city is prepared for the future and will not soon be outdated,” said Ahuja. “Chicago ATMS could centralize traffic management of hundreds of miles of streets, bridges, and traffic and street lights.”
Additionally, Ahuja offers smart solutions for the CTA, the second largest public transportation system in the U.S. The future of mobility, Ahuja says, integrates vehicles to vehicles and vehicles to individuals. When it comes to Chicago’s existing green infrastructure programs, Ahuja commends Chicago’s leaders for the city’s successful stormwater ordinance, green roof initiative and green alleys initiatives. “There’s less water flowing in and out of our overburdened sewer system, and energy use is down. The implementation of green roofs and permeable pavement has provided the capacity to capture over 85 million gallons of stormwater each year,” said Ahuja. “By continuing to invest in these green infrastructure strategies, the city can transform into a smart place to live.”
Ahuja’s opinion piece shows that truly improving a city – and country’s – aging infrastructure problems increasingly relies on technological solutions and green infrastructure programs to pave the way to smarter, more resilient places.
Read the full article here: www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20161229/OPINION/161229910/chicago-needs-smart-infrastructure-anil-ahuja