Transit Innovates Amid a Pandemic: 2020 in Review

Public transit has played a critical role in the movement of essential workers throughout the pandemic — and it will be critical to the recovery of New York, the region and the country.

In 2020 the Transit Innovation Partnership partnered with the MTA, Port Authority, NYC DOT and NJ TRANSIT to make transit safer and empower customers.

In July 2020 our Transit Tech Lab introduced the COVID-19 Response Challenge in partnership with five regional transit agencies, drawing nearly 200 submissions in the competition. From October to December, transit agencies completed proofs of concept with eight of the most promising technologies, ranging from air filtration to micromobility integration. In 2021, transit agencies will select the most promising technologies for yearlong pilots.

New York City Transit Chief Customer Officer Sarah Meyer speaks at the launch of the Live Map.
The MTA Live Subway Map adapts to screen sizes to serve a broader number of customers.
President of MTA Bus Craig Cipriano speaks at the announcement of the Navilens app, a Transit Tech Lab company that serves visually impaired customers.

The Transit Tech Lab is an accelerator program for public transportation solutions launched by the @MTA and @Partnership4NYC