Transit Tech Lab

 

The Transit Tech Lab is an accelerator program for startups solving public transportation challenges. Successful companies have an opportunity to pilot their technology with the MTA and transform New York City.

Transit
Tech Lab

 

The Transit Tech Lab is an accelerator program for startups solving public transportation challenges. Successful companies have an opportunity to pilot their technology with the MTA and transform New York City.

Transit
Tech Lab

 

The Transit Tech Lab is an accelerator program for startups solving public transportation challenges. Successful companies have an opportunity to pilot their technology with the MTA and transform New York City.

Transit Tech Lab

 The Transit Tech Lab is an accelerator program for startups solving public transportation challenges. Successful companies have an opportunity to pilot their technology with the MTA and transform New York City.

Transit
Tech Lab

 The Transit Tech Lab is an accelerator program for startups solving public transportation challenges. Successful companies have an opportunity to pilot their technology with the MTA and transform New York City.

What's Happening?

What's Happening?

Program Launch

Oct. 10, 2018

Program Launch

Oct. 10, 2018

Program Launch

Oct. 10, 2018

Program Launch

Oct. 10, 2018

Application Deadline

Nov. 30, 2018

Application Deadline

Nov. 30, 2018

Application Deadline

Nov. 30, 2018

Application Deadline

Nov. 30, 2018

Application Deadline

Nov. 30, 2018

Semifinalist
Proposals

Jan. 15, 2019

Semifinalist
Proposals

Jan. 15, 2019

Semifinalist
Proposals

Jan. 15, 2019

Semifinalist Proposals

Jan. 15, 2019

Semifinalist Proposals

Jan. 15, 2019

Finalist Demo

Jan. 17, 2019

Finalist Demo

Jan. 17, 2019

Finalist Demo

Jan. 17, 2019

Accelerator Begins

Feb. 25, 2019

Accelerator Begins

Feb. 25, 2019

Accelerator Begins

Feb. 25, 2019

Pilot Launch

Summer 2019

Pilot Launch

June 10, 2019

Pilot Launch

June 10, 2019


Applications are now closed. Sign up for updates on our next call for applications. 

 

Applications are now closed.
Sign up for updates on our next call for applications. 

 
Applications are now closed.
Sign up for updates on our next call for applications. 

Transit Tech Lab Challenges

In 2018, we accepted applications to solve challenges within the New York City public transportation system. 

Transit Tech Lab Challenges

In 2018, we accepted applications to solve challenges within
the New York City public transportation system. 

Transit
Tech Lab
Challenges

In 2018, we accepted applications to solve challenges within the New York City public transportation system.

Subway Challenge
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Challenge No. 1

How can we better predict subway incident impacts and serve customers?

New York City Transit serves an annual subway ridership of over 1.7 billion, runs nonstop 365 days a year and spans 472 stations.

Challenge No. 1

How can we better predict subway incident impacts and serve customers?

New York City Transit serves an annual subway ridership of over 1.7 billion, runs nonstop 365 days a year and spans 472 stations.

Bus Challenge
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Challenge No. 2

How can we make buses faster and more efficient?

Traffic has increased in New York City, and buses travel more slowly than ever. In midtown Manhattan, the average bus speed is as low as 3.4 mph, comparable to walking.

Challenge No. 2

How can we make buses faster and more efficient?

Traffic has increased in New York City, and buses travel more slowly than ever. In midtown Manhattan, the average bus speed is as low as 3.4 mph, comparable to walking.

Transit Tech Lab Finalists

Six finalist companies will collaborate with the MTA in an 8-week accelerator beginning Feb. 25, 2019. 

Transit Tech Lab Finalists

Six finalist companies will collaborate with the MTA in an 8-week accelerator beginning Feb. 25, 2019. 

Axon Vibe

Axon Vibe provides location-based AI and app technology to enable transit agencies to orchestrate multi-modal mobility for their customers.

Palisade Labs

Palisade Labs offers computer vision technology. Their software is trained to read bus camera feeds, flag infractions, and share data with agencies that can take corrective action.

PIPS Technology

PIPS Technology provides detection innovation, supplying advanced automatic license plate recognition that transit operators can use to minimize bus lane obstructions and increase lane efficiency.

Preteckt

Preteckt provides Prognostics as a Service (PaaS) to connected and autonomous vehicles and fleets by peering through vehicle data and leveraging proprietary AI, Deep Learning and Machine Learning algorithms.

Remix

Remix is a transportation planning platform that allows cities to plan detours, system redesigns, and evaluate street design proposals to improve bus speed and reliability.

veovo

Veovo uses various sensor technologies to capture people flows. The captured data can predict future passenger volumes. The prediction creates an early warning and allows for better planning to counteract predicted overcrowding at the stations and platforms.

FAQs

FAQs

How does the Transit Tech Lab work?

Applicants participate in a rigorous selection process that may include in-person presentations. At the conclusion of the application process, the MTA will select companies to participate in an 8-week accelerator, during which time companies will have an opportunity to learn about the MTA and modify their technology to meet the transit system's needs. Following the accelerator, the MTA will select the most promising companies to deploy a 12-month, unpaid pilot with the transit system. The Transit Tech Lab offers companies an opportunity to demonstrate their technology in the nation’s largest transit system and receive mentorship. 

Do companies receive compensation for participating in the Transit Tech Lab?

There is no compensation for participation in the Transit Tech Lab, and pilots are unpaid. The Transit Tech Lab will host an info session on public grant programs that companies may apply to, such as as the NYSERDA Clean Transportation Program. 

Who are the Transit Tech Lab private sector evaluators participating alongside MTA subject matter experts?

  • Reilly Brennan, General Partner, Trucks Venture Capital
  • Ken Bronfin, Senior Managing Director & Head of International Investments, Hearst Ventures
  • Shana Fisher, Managing Director, Third Kind Venture Capital
  • Maria Gotsch, President & CEO, Partnership Fund for New York City
  • Nick Grossman, General Manager, Union Square Ventures
  • Dylan Hixon, Principal, Arden Road Investments
  • Brian Keil, Managing Director, NYS Innovation VC Fund, Empire State Development Corporation
  • Linda Kirkpatrick, Executive Vice President, U.S. Market Development, Mastercard
  • Kevin Ryan, Chairman & Founder, Zola, Workframe, Nomad Health, Mongo DB 

What are the evaluation criteria for Transit Tech Lab applications?

Impact: Technology is workable in the MTA's environment, presents a viable solution relevant to the chosen challenge, and has the potential to positively impact performance and/or customer experience

Product: Technology is in prototype or later phase and available for live demonstration and the applicant is able to present metrics illustrating market fit and use by paying customers

Team: The company has a qualified team and is available for participation in person in New York City throughout the Transit Tech Lab program

Value: The 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/or offers an opportunity to more efficiently manage infrastructure, operations or customer service

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How does the Transit Tech Lab work?

Applicants participate in a rigorous selection process that may include in-person presentations. At the conclusion of the application process, the MTA will select companies to participate in an 8-week accelerator, during which time companies will have an opportunity to learn about the MTA and modify their technology to meet the transit system's needs. Following the accelerator, the MTA will select the most promising companies to deploy a 12-month, unpaid pilot with the transit system. The Transit Tech Lab offers companies an opportunity to demonstrate their technology in the nation’s largest transit system and receive mentorship. 

Do companies receive compensation for participating in the Transit Tech Lab?

There is no compensation for participation in the Transit Tech Lab, and pilots are unpaid. The Transit Tech Lab will host an info session on public grant programs that companies may apply to, such as as the NYSERDA Clean Transportation Program. 

Who are the Transit Tech Lab private sector evaluators participating alongside MTA subject matter experts?

  • Reilly Brennan, General Partner, Trucks Venture Capital
  • Ken Bronfin, Senior Managing Director & Head of International Investments, Hearst Ventures
  • Shana Fisher, Managing Director, Third Kind Venture Capital
  • Maria Gotsch, President & CEO, Partnership Fund for New York City
  • Nick Grossman, General Manager, Union Square Ventures
  • Dylan Hixon, Principal, Arden Road Investments
  • Brian Keil, Managing Director, NYS Innovation VC Fund, Empire State Development Corporation
  • Linda Kirkpatrick, Executive Vice President, U.S. Market Development, Mastercard
  • Kevin Ryan, Chairman & Founder, Zola, Workframe, Nomad Health, Mongo DB 

What are the evaluation criteria for Transit Tech Lab applications?

Impact: Technology is workable in the MTA's environment, presents a viable solution relevant to the chosen challenge, and has the potential to positively impact performance and/or customer experience

Product: Technology is in prototype or later phase and available for live demonstration and the applicant is able to present metrics illustrating market fit and use by paying customers

Team: The company has a qualified team and is available for participation in person in New York City throughout the Transit Tech Lab program

Value: The 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/or offers an opportunity to more efficiently manage infrastructure, operations or customer service

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