FAQs

Program Questions

Who is eligible to apply for the Transit Tech Lab?

Companies must meet the following criteria to apply to the Transit Tech Lab:

  • Early- to growth-stage company with innovative solution to one of the selected challenge areas
  • Company has at least a working beta version of their technology and a proven track record of successfully delivering to customers
  • A corporation, joint venture, partnership, or LLC as defined by law
  • Companies based in New York state or that are expanding into New York state
  • Company is independently owned and operated
  • Company employs 200 or fewer persons
  • Company is not a subsidiary of a larger entity
  • Company representatives are available to be onsite in person on January 14, 2020 and for duration of trial and pilot

I think it makes the most sense to work alongside NYC Subway Operations personnel to create a custom solution. Will the transit Tech Lab give this opportunity?

The challenge is aimed at growth-stage companies that have a proven product/technology/solution which might work in the transit environment with some refinement to fully meet New York City Transit's needs. Competitors who reach the later stages of the challenge will have a chance to interface with personnel at Transit, including operations, to refine their solutions.

Have you addressed how the end-to-end solution is going to look like? How to map out deployment across the transit system when pilot comes to a successful end? Lastly, how much emphasis or planning has been done around pushing intelligence derived from these ML technologies down to the actual edge, or train, to enable real-time predictive analysis in the event of avoiding failures and promoting a safer environment for MTA commuters.

The end-to-end solution will depend on the technologies proposed and their unique implementation plan. The structure of end-to-end deployment will be one of the areas for ongoing partnership as this challenge proceeds.

What innovations are occuring or exist in other cities that can be applied or adapted for the NYC subway or transportation in general?

It's a long list. We're hoping you can come up with new ideas.

Does the MTA have funding to implement tech post-pilot?

Successful pilots will undergo competitive process (see question above). There is funding to implement tech that demonstrate solutions to these challenges

If I am not able to attend in person, will there still be an opportunity to gain access to the event details (webinar, recording, etc.) to compete for an opportunity to bid come January 2019?

Yes. A video of the event will be posted and shared to this mailing list after November 14. The video can also be found here.

Out of the pool of candidates, will just one solution provider be selected come January?

There is no set number of candidates that will be accepted into the accelerator at this time.

Are you open to joint applications, from a consortium of companies?

Yes. Each application must come from a single company but that companies may indicate in their application if they have an agreement to partner with another company.

Does Applicant have to be U.S. corporation? Can a Canadian company apply?

Applicants from other countries can apply, but must be registered to do business in New York.

What is the application process for the Transit Tech Lab like?

On F6S—it is fairly standard, more akin to accelerator application than govt RFP.

How many companies will be selected for the Lab?

There is no pre-set desired number, the numbers selected will depend on the quality of the applications.

In best case scenario how would a pilot benefit the selected startup pilot partners?

Pilots are unpaid, and companies will retain all IP. MTA would get a license for the duration of the pilot and a period of time following the pilot. The Lab is an opportunity for companies to get their technology in front of key decision makers at the MTA and NYCT. If chosen for the accelerator, it’s a chance to refine tech for the largest transit system in North America, and there is a lot of value to pointing to experience with the MTA. The MTA wants to see improves in performance and customer service.

What are the next steps if a pilot is successful?

Post-pilot, the standard route is that the MTA will issue a competitive RFP process, but this will be case-by-case and there may be some flexibility for the MTA to negotiate a contract directly if the product is unique and there is little competition on the market. Most cases will likely result in a competitive solicitation.

What do you mean by efficient—faster or greener?

Both!

What happens in the accelerator phase?

Will start program-heavy with meetings and kick off sessions. Will include meetings with leadership and development of a plan to map what needs to be achieved. Co-working space is available if it is needed.

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