Tech rides to transit’s rescue

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Transit Tech Lab expanded that mission, launching a new challenge calling for innovative approaches from technology companies in direct response to pandemic-related transit issues. Companies selected could have their solutions piloted not just with the MTA, but with other partnering agencies, including the New York City Department of Transportation, NJ Transit, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and the New York City Department of Education.

Earlier this week, the Transit Tech Lab selected eight companies as finalists in the COVID-19 Response Challenge from over 200 applicants, according to MTA Chief Innovation Officer Mark Dowd. The solutions offered by the finalists span all areas of pandemic response, from disinfecting and cleaning technologies to an e-scooter rental company that has been pitched as a way to complement public transit and help move health care workers during the pandemic.