Sustainability Challenge

How can we build a more climate resilient transportation system and increase energy efficiency of fleets and facilities?

Extreme weather is now becoming frequent as a result of a warming planet. Bus, rail, and subway operations have been impacted by extreme weather events, including flash floods and winter storms. This challenge calls for technologies that help make public transportation more responsive to extreme weather events and that reduce greenhouse emissions.

Examples relating to sustainability include:

  • Tools that enable tracking assets in real time to prevent system failures, supplement or replace repetitive routines to reduce operational costs, improve energy efficiencies or reduce the carbon footprint 
  • Fleet electrification tools to improve EV bus range, charging infrastructure, and Human Machine Interface systems to help control the performance and efficiency of zero-emissions buses
  • Tools that support clean and efficient urban freight deliveries
  • Climate resiliency tools that prevent or mitigate harm caused by storms and flooding
  • Tools that can help keep customers safe during extreme weather events, allow customers to report conditions in real time, or facilitate inter-agency coordination

Information Session

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.



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


Transit agency participants in the Sustainability Challenge include: 

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