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Recovery Challenge

How can we support the recovery of public transit and deliver service that gets customers back?

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered mobility patterns for millions of citizens who rely on public transit. As New York recovers it is vital to reimagine public transit to meet its evolving needs. The Recovery Challenge calls for technologies and approaches that help make transit more responsive to the changing needs of New Yorkers while ensuring customers and staff feel safe.

Technologies may include:

  • Real-time regional data tools that provide insights on new travel patterns  
  • Tools that streamline crew scheduling to ensure optimal staffing across operations  
  • Enhancements to OMNY, the MTA’s successful contactless payment system, to improve the customer experience
  • Technologies that improve safety and deter adverse events including employee assaults and track intrusions  

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered mobility patterns for millions of citizens who rely on public transit. As New York recovers it is vital to reimagine public transit to meet its evolving needs. The Recovery Challenge calls for technologies and approaches that help make transit more responsive to the changing needs of New Yorkers while ensuring customers and staff feel safe.

Technologies may include:

  • Real-time regional data tools that provide insights on new travel patterns  
  • Tools that streamline crew scheduling to ensure optimal staffing across operations  
  • Enhancements to OMNY, the MTA’s successful contactless payment system, to improve the customer experience
  • Technologies that improve safety and deter adverse events including employee assaults and track intrusions  

Information Sessions

Learn about the application process, criteria, and hear directly from MTA and PANYNJ leadership. 

 

How the Transit Tech Lab Works

The Transit Tech Lab offers growth-stage companies the opportunity to pilot innovative solutions with the nation’s largest public transit system. Applicants have the opportunity to deploy solutions with public agencies, access funded pilots, and collaborate with subject matter experts in their field.

 

Timeline

February 17 Virtual Information Session #1

March 10 Virtual Information Session #2

March 25 Application Deadline

April 20-22 Virtual Pitch Presentations & Demo Day

May 9-June 30 Eight week proof-of-concept

September 6 Pilot Period


 

Partners

Transit agency participants in the Recovery Challenge include:

  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
  • NJ TRANSIT
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • New York City Department of Transportation
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