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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October 8, 2019

Startups Partner with MTA for First-Ever Transit Tech Lab

A group of tech startups is working with the MTA and Partnership for New York City, to fix the Big Apple’s transit troubles. The first-ever Transit Tech Lab is taking on subway and bus challenges to make commuting less chaotic. Maddie Orton reports.

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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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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October 10, 2018

MTA Taps Techies to Help Fix Mass Transit

Accelerator program seeks companies to develop technology-based solutions for city’s bus and subway woes

By Mengqi Sun, Wall Street Journal

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is looking for companies that could help the agency improve New York City’s bus and subway service.

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October 10, 2018

The MTA seeks high-tech solutions for its bus and subway crisis

‘A dire need’ for new products to fix subway delays and move buses through congested streets

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New York’s subways and buses are in crisis. As it copes with cascading delays, traffic congestion, and declines in ridership, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is seeking salvation from an unlikely source: the tech sector. On Wednesday, the MTA announced the creation of “the nation’s first Transit Tech Lab,” an accelerator designed to vet new high-tech products designed to help improve the nation’s largest public transit system.

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