Denver makes pitch to transportation secretary to win $50 million grant 

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DENVER -- The final push to make Denver a "smart city" is underway with U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visiting Tuesday.

Foxx sat in on a roundtable hosted by Mayor Michael Hancock. The roundtable focused on how Denver is ready to implement strategies worthy of winning the Department of Transportation's $50 million grant.

Some of the commitments Denver is prepared to make include allowing more driverless cars to be tested on roadways. Foxx said that's the future.

"It's going to be upon us before we blink and we are going to have to be ready for it," Foxx said.

Some of the other proposals include converting more of Denver's official vehicles to electric as well as installing more charging stations and bike lanes.

The pitch also includes an effort to reduce single occupant vehicles.

The winning city will be announced in June. Seven cities are competing for the money.

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