MTA Genius Transit Challenge: Reimagining New York’s Transportation System

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Increasing the Capacity and Reliability of New York City Subway Service

The MTA Genius Transit Challenge is an international competition seeking innovative solutions to modernize and improve reliability of New York City’s subway system.

This competition looks to harness the innovative capacity of outside experts who can team together to combine new perspectives, skills and technical understanding to develop immediate solutions.

Participants in the Challenge may include individuals, business organizations, non-profits, and institutions of higher education. Participants will be given comprehensive briefings on the transit system and will be challenged to find solutions that can be implemented with speed and efficiency.

The competition will be judged by a panel of technology and transportation experts. Submissions for the Challenge must respond to one of the three categories identified below; one winner in each of the three categories will receive a $1 million award.

MTA GENIUS TRANSIT CHALLENGE CATEGORIES

Submissions for the Challenge must respond to one of these categories

Rapidly Deploy Modernized Subway Cars

The Challenge is looking for ways to modernize subway cars or refurbish existing cars as these deployments will improve service provided to riders.

Increase Communications Infrastructure

The MTA succeeded in delivering cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity to every station last year, but connectivity in subway tunnels is still unavailable. 

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