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Smart Columbus Program: Prenatal Trip Assistance Webinar on Project Test Plan and Results

The City of Columbus Smart Columbus Program Management Office (PMO) and ITE will host this free webinar on the Smart Columbus Prenatal Trip Assistance (PTA) project. The webinar will focus on the testing and test results of the PTA project technology.

Webinar Background:

Through the USDOT's Smart City Challenge, in 2016, the Department selected Columbus, OH, to define what it means to be a "smart city" and serve as a model for other cities wishing to fully integrate innovative technologies--such as automated vehicles, connected vehicles, and applications--into the transportation network. 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 city's transportation network. 
The PTA project seeks to study how improving transportation to pre-natal health care appointments can impact Columbus’ rate of pre-term birth. From 2013-2015, Ohio’s infant mortality rate was 7.13 deaths per 1,000 live births; nationally, the rate was 5.9 deaths per 1,000 live births1; and in Franklin County, the rate was 7.7 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2015F2. From October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017, the infant mortality rate in Franklin County was 8.6 deaths per 1,000 live birthsF3. These statistics have drawn the attention of the City of Columbus leadership and they are focused on making changes that are necessary to impact this issue. 
Safe and reliable transportation to prenatal care appointments remains a constant challenge for women living in poverty in our community. Bus passes are often outside women’s budgets and the bus stops are not always conveniently located to women’s homes and/or prenatal care providers. Most women living in poverty in Greater Columbus have their medical care paid for by a Medicaid Managed Care Plan offered by a Managed Care Organization (MCO). While these plans do provide transportation to and from medical appointments during pregnancy, the non-technologically advanced services may present challenges and cause women to seek another option.
The PTA project seeks to streamline the existing, mainly call center based, non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) services delivered by MCOs today. PTA will improve the process for accessing transportation services and make them easier to use and more flexible. The PTA solution will take in requests to schedule and cancel NEMT trips through a smartphone application, web portal or call center. 

Webinar Description:
This webinar will focus on the PTA project’s Test Plan and Test Results. This systems engineering document was published in the spring of 2019.

The primary focus of the test plan was to ensure that the initial production release of the PTA system provided the essential functions necessary to deliver the core capabilities to travelers as outlined in the Request for Proposal (RFP). The plan includes testing of the Rides4Baby (R4B) smartphone application, website portal, the call center, and a few administrative functions. In addition, the test plan served to validate that each feature outlined in the requirements section of the RFP was developed and implemented. Testers verified the operability of the system, the functional areas of the smartphone application and output data, system performance, and evaluated the results of test procedures as they related to meeting the expected action defined in the outcome section of the testing matrix. The test plan ensured successful testing outcomes by establishing a common framework for testing. This included describing various testing types, methods, and setting expectations of which method should be used and when. The document provided information on what system components and features were tested, what was not tested, identified the various tester roles, outlined which tools testers needed, instructed on how testers were to capture defects, defined the pass/fail criteria, and provided testers with a set of test cases and specific test scenarios intended to evaluate the degree to which system functionality conformed to the system requirements.

The test plan is online and available for review and public comment here. 
Comments can be emailed to Korina Depenhart at with the subject line Smart Mobility Hubs Comments

The webinar will conclude with a presentation of the lessons learned by the project team as they created the engineering document.

For more information on the Smart Columbus program, please visit the City of Columbus’s website at:


  • Andrew Wolpert, P.E. – City of Columbus; Deputy Program Manager for City of Columbus
  • Sherry Kish - HNTB Corporation, Manager Business Development
  • Jeffrey Kupko, P.E., PTOE – Michael Baker International; Project Manager for the City of Columbus SMH Project
  • Jessica Baker, SEP – HNTB; Systems Engineer for the SMH Project 

No Charge
This fee includes a live web event, an archived recording, webinar evaluation, 1.0 PDH credits and a certificate of completion.

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