MTA hunts for geniuses to upgrade a metro network “past its expiration date”

Penney Vanderbilt and KC Jones: All About Railroads

“The bet paid off and now the MTA can move forward to give New York subway riders a modern, high-capacity signal system.”

Eight state-of-the-art signalling systems, rolling stock and communications technologies have taken the top prize in an innovation challenge set up by New York’s public transport network, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), to upgrade its subway’s capacity and reliability. Called the MTA Genius Transit Challenge, ideas have been contributed from companies including Ansaldo STS, CRRC and Bechtel Innovation for delivering a “positive impact on subway service and customer experience”.

Picking up four recommendations for the Genius Transit Challenge as to how those signalling systems could look, Metrom Rail and Robert James both submitted proposals for their systems that use competitively priced ultra-wideband wireless technology that can give centimetre-specific information for subway car locations. Meanwhile Ansaldo STS and Thales Group suggested on-board train sensors that also offer highly accurate…

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