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New York’s authorities are to solicit proposals for re-signalling the city’s subways.
The move comes hot on the heels of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)’s proposal to invest $51.5 billion in the city’s subways, buses and railroads over the next five years.
Rachel Haot, executive director of the Transit Innovation Partnership, a public-private initiative between the MTA and the Partnership for New York City, says: “The MTA deserves credit for stabilising the system over the last year but true modernisation cannot take place without robust improvements to the subway’s ageing signals.”
Kathryn Wylde, CEO of the Partnership for NYC, says: “Modern signalling can transform commutes and assist in getting millions of New Yorkers where they need to go more effectively and predictably.”
Additionally, the MTA has formed the University Partnership for Adaptive Technologies & Mass Transit Innovation with Cornell Tech, New York University and Columbia University. Members will explore how technologies can be applied to existing mass transit technologies and develop an operating plan and budget.