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Signaling Challenge

How can we modernize the subway signaling system faster and at lower cost?

The Brief

MTA subways are controlled by an aging signaling system. By digitizing this signaling system, the MTA can safely and reliably run more subways cars more closely together, increasing capacity and making travel more enjoyable.

This challenge calls for technology to implement a more efficient, reliable subway signaling system quickly and cost-effectively. 

Apply by February 3, 2020 for the chance to pilot and contract with the MTA. Semifinalists will be invited to the Signaling Challenge Demo Day on March 13, 2020.

Signaling Challenge Toolkit

Challenge Winners

Selected challenge winners access partnership opportunities on an accelerated timeline as part of the MTA's $7 billion signaling program including but not limited to:

  • Proof of Concept: Test of Technology  -  As early as June 15, 2020
  • Pilot: Test of Scalability  - As early as September 2020
  • Safety Certification  -  As early as June 2021
  • Signaling Program Contract  -  As early as June 2022


Specifications and Resources

 

Signaling Challenge Criteria

MTA subject matter experts and private sector judges will evaluate applications to the signaling challenge according to the following criteria:

  • Impact: Technology can be piloted within two years in the MTA operating environment. Product presents a viable solution relevant to the Signaling Challenge, and has the potential to advance signaling program objectives:
    • Improved safety of passengers and staff

    • On-time performance

    • Increased customer satisfaction

    • Enhanced operational flexibility

    • On-time and on-budget infrastructure program delivery

  • Product: Technology is in prototype or more mature phase and available for live demonstration, Presenter is able to provide customer metrics or other evidence illustrating market fit and success in other markets. Solution can use non-proprietary standards and data that support interoperability with other technologies. 
  • Team: Company has a qualified, compatible team with sufficient financial resources to ensure successful collaboration with MTA.
  • Value: Technology presents a new way of deriving more value from existing MTA assets, presents a potential new revenue source or cost savings for the MTA and presents an opportunity to more efficiently manage infrastructure, operations and/or customer service.

 

 Questions? Email signals@transitinnovation.org.

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