The Transit Tech Lab provides an accelerated pathway for early to growth-stage companies to solve public transportation challenges for the largest transit agencies in North America.

The Transit Tech Lab provides an accelerated pathway for early to growth-stage companies to solve public transportation challenges for the largest transit agencies in North America.

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TECHNOLOGY IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST

2024 Challenge Competitions are Open

Each year, we engage transit agency stakeholders to find out which technologies are top of mind for senior leadership to help entrepreneurs solve the problems that matter most to our public sector partners. Our proven process has received strong endorsement from both the startups and public servants we work with.

Applications are due February 28, 2024

  • 2024 CHALLENGE COMPETITION

    Customer Experience

    How can we improve customer experience by better communicating service changes, reducing delays, and augment safety and cleanliness initiatives?

  • 2024 CHALLENGE COMPETITION

    Resilience

    How can we build a more resilient and adaptive transit system?

  • 2024 CHALLENGE COMPETITION

    NYCDOT Curb Activity

    How can we maximize the city’s curb space to serve the multiple and varied needs of New Yorkers?

  • 2024 CHALLENGE COMPETITION

    Customer Experience

    How can we improve customer experience by better communicating service changes, reducing delays, and augment safety and cleanliness initiatives?

  • 2024 CHALLENGE COMPETITION

    Resilience

    How can we build a more resilient and adaptive transit system?

  • 2024 CHALLENGE COMPETITION

    NYCDOT Curb Activity

    How can we maximize the city’s curb space to serve the multiple and varied needs of New Yorkers?

  • 2024 CHALLENGE COMPETITION

    Customer Experience

    How can we improve customer experience by better communicating service changes, reducing delays, and augment safety and cleanliness initiatives?

  • 2024 CHALLENGE COMPETITION

    Resilience

    How can we build a more resilient and adaptive transit system?

  • 2024 CHALLENGE COMPETITION

    NYCDOT Curb Activity

    How can we maximize the city’s curb space to serve the multiple and varied needs of New Yorkers?

How It Works

Participants have direct access to potential customers and an accelerated path from application to pitch and testing in four steps.

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Challenge competitions open

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Challenge competitions open

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Experts evaluate all ideas and select for pitch presentations and demos

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Experts evaluate all ideas and select for pitch presentations and demos

3

Promising technologies are selected for accelerated proof of concept

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Promising technologies are selected for accelerated proof of concept

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Exceptional use cases earn a 12-month pilot test in the transit system

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Exceptional use cases earn a 12-month pilot test in the transit system

Real World Impact

Discover how we have leveraged leading technology to make New York transit more accessible, responsive, and efficient.

  • Knaq - knaq.io

    Realtime Maintenance Hardware + Data

    Prevented elevator and escalator outages via realtime maintenance data and alerting. Scaled across all major Port Authority facilities including JFK, LGA, EWR, the World Trade Center, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

  • Navilens - navilens.com

    Accessible Wayfinding Tool

    Helped visually impaired and limited English proficiency New Yorkers navigate the subway and bus systems. Recently awarded a $2 million competitive USDOT grant to scale across New York City Transit systems.

  • Axon Vibe - axonvibe.com

    Connecting Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Enabled 11,000 essential workers to plan journeys during overnight subway disinfection closures during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Remix - remix.com

    Bus Network Redesign Software

    Used across Bronx and Queens bus network redesigns, the tool is 70% faster than the former planning process. Saved the MTA millions in costs and increased efficiency of bus service.

  • Preteckt - preteckt.com

    Predictive Bus Maintenance

    Offered bus repair plans that allowed the MTA to complete needed bus maintenance 2x as fast with less than half the material costs. Scaled technology across 1,500 buses, and a quarter of the New York City Transit bus fleet.

  • Knaq - knaq.io

    Realtime Maintenance Hardware + Data

    Prevented elevator and escalator outages via realtime maintenance data and alerting. Scaled across all major Port Authority facilities including JFK, LGA, EWR, the World Trade Center, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

  • Navilens - navilens.com

    Accessible Wayfinding Tool

    Helped visually impaired and limited English proficiency New Yorkers navigate the subway and bus systems. Recently awarded a $2 million competitive USDOT grant to scale across New York City Transit systems.

  • Axon Vibe - axonvibe.com

    Connecting Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Enabled 11,000 essential workers to plan journeys during overnight subway disinfection closures during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Remix - remix.com

    Bus Network Redesign Software

    Used across Bronx and Queens bus network redesigns, the tool is 70% faster than the former planning process. Saved the MTA millions in costs and increased efficiency of bus service.

  • Preteckt - preteckt.com

    Predictive Bus Maintenance

    Offered bus repair plans that allowed the MTA to complete needed bus maintenance 2x as fast with less than half the material costs. Scaled technology across 1,500 buses, and a quarter of the New York City Transit bus fleet.

  • Knaq - knaq.io

    Realtime Maintenance Hardware + Data

    Prevented elevator and escalator outages via realtime maintenance data and alerting. Scaled across all major Port Authority facilities including JFK, LGA, EWR, the World Trade Center, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

  • Navilens - navilens.com

    Accessible Wayfinding Tool

    Helped visually impaired and limited English proficiency New Yorkers navigate the subway and bus systems. Recently awarded a $2 million competitive USDOT grant to scale across New York City Transit systems.

  • Axon Vibe - axonvibe.com

    Connecting Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Enabled 11,000 essential workers to plan journeys during overnight subway disinfection closures during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Remix - remix.com

    Bus Network Redesign Software

    Used across Bronx and Queens bus network redesigns, the tool is 70% faster than the former planning process. Saved the MTA millions in costs and increased efficiency of bus service.

  • Preteckt - preteckt.com

    Predictive Bus Maintenance

    Offered bus repair plans that allowed the MTA to complete needed bus maintenance 2x as fast with less than half the material costs. Scaled technology across 1,500 buses, and a quarter of the New York City Transit bus fleet.

  • Knaq - knaq.io

    Realtime Maintenance Hardware + Data

    Prevented elevator and escalator outages via realtime maintenance data and alerting. Scaled across all major Port Authority facilities including JFK, LGA, EWR, the World Trade Center, and the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

  • Navilens - navilens.com

    Accessible Wayfinding Tool

    Helped visually impaired and limited English proficiency New Yorkers navigate the subway and bus systems. Recently awarded a $2 million competitive USDOT grant to scale across New York City Transit systems.

  • Axon Vibe - axonvibe.com

    Connecting Essential Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Enabled 11,000 essential workers to plan journeys during overnight subway disinfection closures during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Remix - remix.com

    Bus Network Redesign Software

    Used across Bronx and Queens bus network redesigns, the tool is 70% faster than the former planning process. Saved the MTA millions in costs and increased efficiency of bus service.

  • Preteckt - preteckt.com

    Predictive Bus Maintenance

    Offered bus repair plans that allowed the MTA to complete needed bus maintenance 2x as fast with less than half the material costs. Scaled technology across 1,500 buses, and a quarter of the New York City Transit bus fleet.

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