New York transit agencies just launched another round of the Transit Tech Lab, with two challenges set to seek out solutions that will aid the transport network in emission reduction efforts.

The Sustainability Challenge is looking to answer the question:

"How can we create a more climate-resilient transportation system while increasing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions of our fleets and facilities?"

The priorities will consist of: 

  • Real-time tracking tools in order to prevent any potential system failures, reduce operational costs and also improve energy efficiencies.
  • New technologies to improve Electric Vehicle (EV) bus range, increase battery performance, develop EV charging infrastructure, and rapidly deploy zero-emission buses and locomotives.
  • Tools for clean and efficient urban freight deliveries
  • Climate resiliency innovations to protect transit assets from flooding during coastal events and severe rainstorms

Representatives from the agencies will analyze companies based on the technology's impact, product, team, and value. 

"We're excited to work closely with the tech community to help to restore rider confidence and create a greener regional transportation network. We're thankful to our partners at the MTA, Port Authority, NJ TRANSIT, and NYC DOT for their commitment to leveraging tech as we bring riders back and tackle the adverse impacts of climate change," said Natalia Quintero, Senior Vice President of Innovation at the Partnership for New York City.