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

Challenge Finalists

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Uses software to interpret video footage on roads, enabling agencies to understand traffic patterns, unsafe intersections, and emissions.

Partner Agency: PANYNJ


Microgrid Labs Inc.

Enables planning for a fast, smooth and cost-effective transition to electric fleets through SaaS-based modeling, simulation, and optimization software, EVOPT.

Partner Agency: NJT


Runwise Inc.

Uses wireless technology and web based software to operate heating and water systems more efficiently and help cut utility costs.

Partner Agencies: PANYNJ, MNR



Provides cost-effective stormwater/climate-data and analytics to prevent flooding, simplify monitoring, and streamline maintenance and response.

Partner Agencies: PANYNJ, MNR, NJT


The Mobility House

Enables intelligent integration of electric vehicles with the grid while minimizing charging costs.

Partner Agency: NYCT

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, 2022 Virtual Information Session #1

March 10, 2022 Virtual Information Session #2

March 25, 2022 Application Deadline

April 20-22, 2022 Virtual Pitch Presentations & Demo Day

May 9-June 30, 2022 Eight week proof-of-concept

September 6, 2022 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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Transit Tech Lab Challenges

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