MTA looks to tech entrepreneurs to help solve its bus and subway crisis

Engineers and technologists will help improve the nation’s largest public transportation system

NYC Subway

(NEW YORK, NY) – In an attempt to solve the bus and subway crisis, the MTA has launched the Transit Tech Lab.

The lab will serve as an organized way for the MTA to review and test new products designed by tech entrepreneurs.

Around 5.7 million New Yorkers use the transit system every weekday. Traffic and delays are unavoidable, but the MTA is challenging tech companies to design tools to help improve daily commutes.

The lab is on the hunt for technologies that will help better predict how long subway delays will last and how they will impact other lines and services, as well as technologies that can move buses faster through the congested New York City streets.

Engineers and technologists interested have until November 30th to submit their products to the MTA for beta testing.

The companies with the best proposals will be selected to participate in an 8-week program where they will be able to modify their products. The MTA will then select the most successful companies for a 12-month pilot with the transit system.

The idea for the Transit Tech Lab came from the Transit Innovation Partnership (TIP), a working group established by the Partnership for New York City and the MTA.

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