KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City is one of seven finalists vying for a highly coveted $50 million federal transportation award.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/1XqrI4T ) reports that U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Saturday that Kansas City is in the running for the Beyond Traffic Smart City Challenge. The award’s goal is to help midsize cities deal with rapidly changing transportation needs and plan innovative approaches to moving people around cities in the future.

The federal government will allocate $40 million to one city, which will be eligible to apply for $10 million from Vulcan Philanthropy to support the development of low-carbon transportation like driverless cars and electric vehicles.

Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Denver; Pittsburgh; Portland, Oregon; and San Francisco are the other finalists. The winner will be announced in June or July.

Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com