Bus Challenge

How can we make buses faster and more efficient, especially in bus lanes?

Traffic has increased in New York City and bus lanes are often blocked. As a result, buses travel more slowly than ever. In midtown Manhattan, the average bus speed is as low as 3.4 mph, comparable to a New Yorker's walking speed. 

The Transit Tech Lab seeks applications from companies with innovative technologies to make public buses faster and more efficient, especially in bus lanes. Potential opportunities include the use of 3,300 existing MobileView cameras or other cameras on buses and computer vision to identify bus lane obstructions, sensors such as lidar and radar, connected infrastructure and assets, route analysis and modeling, demand-based systems, streamlined ticketing and more.


How many cameras currently exist on New York City Transit (NYCT) buses?

  • 3,300 of New York City Transit's 5,500 buses have MobileView 9102 Series High Resolution IP/Analog cameras installed facing forward towards traffic. All new buses will also fitted with these forward facing cameras. Applicants are welcome to propose solutions that encorporate this footage.

What does a sample video from a NYCT forward-facing camera look like?

What are the parameters for drawing electricity on buses?

  • System power must be 24 volts.
  • Hardware units may be powered through the bus multiplex system when the master switch is in the ON position.
  • Hardware units will be powered down when the multiplex system goes into sleep mode 15 minutes after the master run switch is shut off.
  • Hardware units will need to comply with SAE J1113-11V002 standard, a load dump test pulse to make sure the unit is able to handle the spike from the automotive application.
  • Units must have over-voltage protection of 36 VDC for 1 hour, 48 VDC for 1 minute at 40C.
  • Reverse protection: Resist to 28 volts reversed voltage for 1 minute.

What are the parameters for installing hardware on buses?

  • All hardware must be enclosed either inside the cabinet or in another NYCT approved location inaccessible by the public within the bus envelope.

What are the parameters for accessing connectivity on moving buses?

  • Buses have cellular capability provided by Verizon when moving.

What are the connectivity and power drawing options and restrictions in bus depots?

  • All bus depots currently have fuel-lane WiFi and are currently deploying depot-wide WiFi. Depots provide 120V AC power connectivity via electrical outlets in designated areas.


NYCT Bus Performance Dashboard

Bus Schedules and Bus Route Location Data (Requires Registration)

Specifications for Front-Facing Cameras in Buses [.pdf]

90 Second Sample Video Feed from an MTA Bus [.zip]