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December 08, 2015

Microsoft Co-Founder Backs Contest to Find Traffic Solutions

The tech billionaire Paul Allen and the U.S. government together are offering a $50 million prize Monday to encourage cities to come up with innovative solutions to traffic and transportation problems, reports Seattle TV station KOMO.

The Microsoft co-founder will put up $10 million for the winner-take-all competition, which is open to cities with populations of 200,000 to 850,000. The goal of the competition is to develop and implement futuristic solutions to worsening congestion and accompanying environmental problems.

Barbara Bennett, president of Mr. Allen's company, Vulcan, said the contest will "enable the most innovative, ambitious, and forward-thinking city in America to show just how practical and rewarding it really is to start transitioning from carbon-based fuels to clean and renewable energy sources."