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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) last week partnered with the State University of New York, City University of New York and Microsoft to launch a virtual hackathon for local students and professionals to assist in improving real-time train seating availability information for MTA Metro-North Railroad riders.
The event will connect participating developers, data scientists and designers with Microsoft’s cloud services, public datasets and the MTA’s in-house tech staff in an effort to help Metro-North build upon the functionality provided in the recently updated MTA Long Island Rail Road Train Time app.
Last month, the Train Time app was updated to include a real-time seating capacity tracking platform.
The event will kick off July 13 and run through July 17.
Winners will ultimately assist MTA information technology and Microsoft personnel in the coming months. Winners will be announced July 24.