December 7, 2022

Regional transit agencies deploy new technology to keep transit safe and weather extreme

The Transit Tech Lab, a public-private initiative created by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Partnership for the City of New York to bring private sector innovation to improve public transit, announced six winners of the Recovery and Sustainability Challenge which will deploy technologies to address public transport safety, track new mobility patterns and support clean energy goals during a one-year pilot project.

Companies have recently completed proof of concepts and will scale their solutions with the MTA, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), and NJ TRANSIT. They will leverage emerging technologies including LiDAR, artificial intelligence, computer vision, and managed billing to deter unsafe behavior, curb fare evasion, and improve the sustainability and resilience of transportation infrastructure.

The Challenge was launched in the summer of 2022 and solicited nearly 150 applicants from around the world. The pilot project winners were evaluated and selected by a team of 38 transit and public safety experts based on the impact of technologies, product, team and solution value.

Salvage Challenge Pilot Winners

Blyncsy (Salt Lake City, UT) – Catalogs real-time road infrastructure and conditions, including pavement markings, obstacles, and pavement deterioration to facilitate maintenance and improve systems asset management.
Main partner agency: PANYNJ

Quanergy (Sunnyvale, Calif.) – Uses LiDAR hardware combined with analysis software to improve transportation challenges. Quanergy’s flow management solution can flag dangerous behavior, offer object detection and measure passenger flows.
Lead agency partner: New York City Transit, Metro-North Railroad

Sustainability Challenge Pilot Winners

GridMatrix (San Francisco, CA) – Processes live feeds from cameras and translates them into metrics on traffic congestion, signal performance, vehicle emissions, and road safety.
Main partner agency: PANYNJ

Stormsensor (Seattle, WA) – Provides cost-effective stormwater/weather data and predictive analytics to mitigate flooding, simplify monitoring, and streamline maintenance and operations procedures to better deploy emergency resources in the event weather events.
Main Agency Partner: New York City Transit, Metro-North Railroad, NJ TRANSIT, PANYNJ

The Mobility House (Belmont, CA) – Enables smart integration of electric vehicles into the grid while minimizing charging costs. The software provides information on how to maximize the availability of electric buses.
Lead agency partner: New York City Transit

Runwise (New York, NY) – Uses wireless technology and web-based software to provide real-world opportunities to reduce energy consumption and optimize heating in buildings.
Main Partner Agency: New York City Transit, Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road, PANYNJ

Each year since 2019, winners selected through the Transit Tech Lab are eligible for competitive funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which then selects projects that demonstrate innovative clean transportation solutions.

The Transit Tech Lab will also expand its network of transportation experts with two new executives in residence. Ronnie Hakim, HNTB’s National Transit and Rail Market Leader, and Sally Librera, AECOM’s Transit Market Leader for the Americas, will provide lab companies with strategic advice on working with government agencies. Prior to joining HNTB, Hakim served as General Manager of the MTA, leading the Authority’s 70,000 employees across five operating branches. Librera, also an MTA veteran, was a senior vice president at Subways, where she managed the agency’s 24-hour operations and led a team of 30,000 employees.

Stacey Matlen, vice president of innovation at the Partnership for New York City, said, “Mitigating the impacts of extreme weather events and addressing new mobility patterns have become major areas of focus for transit agencies. Across the country. The Transit Tech Lab is proud to be at the forefront of solving these challenges with the tech sector and to be part of the region’s recovery and sustainability strategy. We look forward to seeing how these six innovative companies will create a more resilient transportation network and improve the transit experience for millions of riders. »

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