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File #: 3390-2018    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/28/2018 In control: Public Service & Transportation Committee
On agenda: 12/10/2018 Final action: 12/13/2018
Title: To authorize the City’s Chief Innovation Officer to enter into contracts with various MCOs to make available vendors for the Prenatal Trip Assistance program to provide transportation services to pregnant women (travelers); to authorize the expenditure of $1,000,000.00 from the Smart City USDOT Grant Fund to pay the costs thereof; and to declare an emergency ($1,000,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 3390-2018 Legislative Accounting Stream

1. BACKGROUND: In June 2016, the City of Columbus, Ohio won the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Smart City Challenge. With a portion of this funding, Columbus intends to address the most pressing community-centric transportation problems by integrating an ecosystem of advanced and innovative technologies, applications, and services to bridge the sociotechnical gap and meet the needs of residents of all ages and abilities. Columbus is acting as a laboratory for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and disseminating lessons learned and best practices to cities across the United States in an effort known as Smart Columbus. The goal of the Smart Columbus program is to connect people by creating opportunity for city residents to better access jobs and services while improving the overall safety and efficiency of the transportation network.

The Prenatal Trip Assistance (PTA) project recognizes transportation as a need in today’s society to ensure a healthy population, especially when it comes to more vulnerable populations. Transportation is a piece of a complete puzzle that can influence the rates of infant mortality, a recognized problem prevalent in the Franklin County region. From October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017, the infant mortality rate in Franklin County was 8.6 deaths per 1,000 live births. This project seeks to partner with Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to engage a vendor to take the existing, mainly call center based Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) services delivered by MCOs today and update the processes and delivery to be more accessible and easy to use through web and smartphone applications, as well as a call center.

Ordinance Number 1901-2017 authorized the Public Service Director to transfer signature authority to the Chief Innovation Officer or the Chief Innovation Officer's designee for all past, present and future Smart Columbus, Smart City Challenge, Paul G. Allen Family Fou...

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