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MTA hosts summit to accelerate signal system innovation

Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Signaling Innovation Summit challenged 100 companies to reimagine signaling infrastructure.
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Transit Innovation Partnership and Empire State Development earlier this week hosted a summit to speed up modernization of MTA New York City Transit’s (NYCT) subway signaling system. 

The summit challenged about 100 company participants from four continents to reimagine signaling infrastructure and advance the transition to 21st century signaling technologies. 

Participants pitched their technologies to address signaling program priorities, such as improving on-time performance; enhancing operational flexibility; enhancing safety; building a system that is quicker to install, test and maintain; and delivering the objectives on time and on budget, MTA officials said in a press release.

A team of academic and MTA experts from all agencies evaluated the proposed technologies based on whether the proposals are feasible in the MTA environment, ready for a live demonstration, present a new way of deriving value from existing MTA assets, and whether the pitch company has a qualified and compatible team to collaborate with the MTA.

The MTA and the Transit Innovation Partnership also announced a new signaling challenge to identify ways to make existing subway cars compatible with new signaling technology faster and at a lower cost. 

Companies can submit  proposals, and, if selected, present at the MTA and Transit Innovation Partnership’s Demo Day on March 13, 2020.

Companies with relevant solutions to the Signaling Challenge can apply at by Feb. 3, 2020. 

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