October 15, 2019

Transit Tech Lab Seeks New Solutions to Transportation Challenges

Port Authority, NJ TRANSIT, Amtrak and City Agencies Join MTA in Regional Innovation Effort 

Learn more at transitinnovation.org; Apply by November 30, 2019  

Today, the MTA and the Partnership for New York City announced the second round of the Transit Tech Lab, an accelerator program that allows the MTA and other public transportation agencies to explore innovative, private sector solutions to challenges they face in operating the region’s subway, bus and commuter rail services.  The program has quickly put New York at the forefront of the emerging field of transit tech, which promises to transform customer experience, reduce commuting times and make it far easier to effectively manage complex transit systems. 

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October 14, 2019

Meet the Smart Cities Summit speakers, Part 3: Natalia Quintero, Director of City of New York Transit Tech Lab

Smart Cities Summit is the go-to event for the government and technology decision-makers creating America’s future smart cities.

The third speaker in this 3-part series is Natalia Quintero, Director at City of New York Transit Tech Lab.

Tell us about your role.

As director of the Transit Tech Lab, an accelerator program for start-ups solving public transportation challenges, I foster collaboration between mobility innovators and leaders at the MTA. Our goal is to help shape the future of transit in New York City.

Can you explain a little further about the formation of Transit Tech Lab as part of the City of New York?

The Transit Tech Lab is part of a public-private partnership between the Transit Innovation Partnership, which was launched by the Partnership for New York City, and the MTA. The partnership was formed in response to the crisis faced by the New York City transit system in 2017. Through this collaboration, New York’s business community is able to work with the MTA to ensure that our city becomes the global leader in public transportation. Nothing is more important to New York’s economic well-being.

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September 20, 2019

MTA and Transit Innovation Partnership Announce Signal Innovation Collaboration and Bidding Conference

Conference Will Solicit Cutting Edge Ideas for Re-Signaling New York City Subways; Build on Successful Public-Private Initiative with Transit Innovation Partnership

MTA Also Announces University Partnership for Adaptive Technologies and Mass Transit Innovation

The MTA and the Transit Innovation Partnership today announced a new collaborative effort exploring signal modernization that will include co-hosting a bidding conference to solicit technological innovations and proposals for reimagining the MTA’s signal systems. The announcement builds on the MTA’s ongoing association with the Transit Innovation Partnership — a public-private initiative between the MTA and the Partnership for New York City with the mission of making New York the global leader in public transit technologies — and comes just days after the release of the 2020-2024 MTA Capital Plan. The MTA Capital Plan calls for more than $50 billion in critical infrastructure and modernization investments, including $7 billion that would go directly towards using the latest technology to re-signal six lines in the New York City subway system.

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July 30, 2019

MTA Announces Plan to Test Innovative Solutions to Bus and Subway Challenges

Four Companies Chosen for MTA Pilot Projects through the Transit Tech Lab

Press Conference Streamed Live at youtube.com/MTAinfo

NEW YORK, July 30, 2019 – At a press conference today, leadership from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Partnership for New York City jointly announced the successful completion of the Transit Tech Lab, an accelerator program that enables tech companies to test and introduce new products designed to improve transit services. Starting today, four of the six companies graduating from the accelerator will begin pilots with the MTA to implement products that address key subway and bus challenges.

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May 28, 2019

Transit Tech Lab Accelerator Recap

2019 Transit Tech Lab Finalists

We launched the Transit Tech Lab to help the MTA evaluate innovative solutions to critical public transportation challenges. After receiving nearly 100 applications, judges chose six companies to take part in an 8-week intensive accelerator with the MTA that wrapped up at the end of April. 

Selected companies responded to either a subway or a bus challenge. Here’s an inside look at the results from the collaboration.

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April 8, 2019

Can cameras improve city buses?

Will Automated Bus Lane Enforcement pilot cameras make a difference?

By Annie McDonough, City & State New York

Earlier this week, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced a pilot program to improve bus lane enforcement by installing high-tech, forward-facing cameras on city buses for real-time capture of license plate and other information—and automatic ticketing—of cars that drive into dedicated bus lanes. The Automated Bus Lane Enforcement pilot cameras will be installed on 123 new buses on routes in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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February 25, 2019

New York’s MTA is launching a first-of-its-kind tech accelerator to help fix its crumbling subway and slow buses

By Graham Rapier, Business Insider

The New York Subway has been in a state of emergency for more than a year.

Almost every rush hour, train service is snarled by finicky, 100-year old signals, causing dangerously crowded platforms and angering commuters. Above ground, things aren't much better: you could easily out-walk the average speed of a bus in Gotham.

Some of that might soon change, if the six companies chosen by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for a first-of-its-kind tech accelerator the agency has dubbed the "transit tech lab," are successful at the two challenges set out for them — but it won't be easy.

Over the next eight weeks, the startups will work alongside the MTA to find solutions to overcrowded platforms and ineffective bus lanes. The program's executive director, Rachel Haot, spoke exclusively to Business Insider about the accelerator, and how it could help the agency make up for some of its past technology struggles.

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February 25, 2019

Transit Tech Lab Will Accelerate Regional Transit Innovation

MTA Taking National Lead in Transit Innovation

NEW YORK, February 25, 2019–The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Partnership for New York City today are jointly announcing finalists accepted to the Transit Tech Lab, an accelerator program that will allow tech companies to introduce New York’s transportation agencies to new products designed to improve transit services.

“Through the MTA’s work with the Partnership, we are dedicated to testing and implementing new technologies that will modernize and improve subway and bus service across New York City,” said Pat Foye, MTA President. “The Transit Tech Lab is one example of how the MTA is changing to embrace technology and build a culture of innovation by working with companies that are pioneers in mobility.”

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January 18, 2019

La MTA adopta nuevas tecnologías para el ‘subway’ y buses

By Spectrum Noticias NY1

Este sistema de cámaras es capaz de reconocer, de inmediato, la edad y el género de las personas. El aparato también detecta el rostro y la identidad.

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January 18, 2019

Exclusive: Meet the Tech Semi-Finalists Who Could Change NYC’s Transit System

By Lydia Hu, NY1

Better, faster transit service. Isn’t that what every New Yorker wants? The MTA and the Partnership for New York City could be closer to finding the latest technological options that could potentially improve subway and bus service for New Yorkers.

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