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MTA reviews proposals for subway signal modernization


The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Transit Innovation Partnership last week hosted a digital event to review proposals for modernizing MTA New York City Transit's subway signaling system. 

MTA officials hosted more than 150 video conference presentations and question-and-answer sessions from 17 technology companies as part of the agency’s signaling challenge. 

The signaling challenge enlists the world’s top transportation technology innovators to identify ways to make existing subway cars compatible with new signaling technology as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, MTA officials said in a press release.

During the event, invited companies presented solutions such as ultra-wideband and other wireless communications and radio technologies, LiDAR mapping systems, collision avoidance systems, artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics. 

Subject matter experts are now evaluating the proposals based on criteria that include how much they would improve the subway system’s safety, on-time performance and operational flexibility. 

Companies whose solutions are chosen could proceed to work collaboratively with the MTA to further test, develop or explore implementing them.

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