Feb 1, 2021

Live from Nashville: Smart Zones Debut

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Doneliza Joaquin

Program Manager

In “Music City,” we are delighted to announce that the fourth, and final, city of our inaugural Digital Curb Challenge has launched its Smart Zone pilot program! Our launch today in Nashville, Tennessee follows our kickoffs in West Palm Beach, Omaha and Aspen. All of the programs aim to make curbside loading more efficient, promote safety, and enhance economic activity in downtowns.

In partnership with Metro Nashville, and with support from organizations including the Nashville Downtown Partnership, we are helping to make commercial deliveries, for businesses that cater to locals and tourists alike, more efficient.

 

Here’s a refresher on how Smart Zones help cities:

  • Improves safety for pedestrians and cyclists with fewer vehicles double-parking or blocking crosswalks.
  • Reduces congestion for delivery drivers trying to find an available, legal space to load or unload in an area. For a fleet or driver, shaving even a couple of minutes off each delivery saves valuable time and reduces aggravation.
  • Promote a more attractive downtown by making it easier for businesses to receive supplies and fulfill customer delivery requests, while improving the experience for people who visit the area.
  • Provide data to a city to make dynamic changes to pricing and time limits, with the ability to see where and when loading space is most needed, to ensure efficient demand management

 

Nashville’s Smart Zones will launch in its downtown, an area known for its vibrant music and entertainment industry. Metro Nashville is using the program as part of its holistic, multimodal approach to better connect its neighborhoods, residents, and businesses to places they need to go safely. Metro Nashville will leverage the app-based system to make rules adjustments for zones in response to policy changes, special events, or emergencies without needing to modify street signage.


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Metro Nashville will deploy eight Smart Zones powered by Coord’s mobile and desktop apps in its downtown, serving the area’s many restaurants, retailers, music and entertainment venues, and other businesses. Their goal is to ensure the beloved downtown is safe, pleasant, and easy to access for its many residents, businesses, and visitors.

Map of Nashville Smart Zones

 

We’re excited to see Smart Zones in Nashville and will share updates as the pilot progresses.

If you work for a public agency or are a curb manager for a large organization (e.g., a university, airport, private development) and are interested in bringing Smart Zones to your city, check out our Digital Curb Challenge 2021 or you can start off by requesting a meeting with a member of the Coord team here.

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Doneliza Joaquin

Program Manager

Doneliza is a program manager at Coord. She is helping to deploy Coord’s Smart Zone pilots and programs. Previously she has worked as an urban research team leader at the real estate listing startup Localize.city, as a management consultant focusing on public sector and non-profit organizations, and as an adjunct professor at Barnard College teaching courses in GIS mapping and analysis. Outside of work, Doneliza enjoys running in the city, preferably including a bridge or two, and exploring running routes when traveling.