This challenge is focused on how to increase ease of use and access to transit and expand travel options for New York City youth, seniors, and immigrants. Through various listening sessions this past fall, we consistently heard from constituents about the difficulty of navigating the City’s transportation network in order to access jobs, education, social services, and other opportunities. How might we use data and technology to make transit easier to use and develop innovative alternatives to supplement existing transit infrastructure?
Grand Prize Winner
On Board is a distributed passenger check-in system for New York City’s paratransit network (Access-A-Ride). By creating a public, independent database of passenger pickups, On Board empowers transit advocates to assess and improve service schedules and quality, and ensures a safer, more reliable ride for thousands of New Yorkers.
Judge's Choice Award
Dollar Van NYC
Dollar Van NYC is on a mission to improve access to low cost, reliable transportation for the approximately 900,000 New Yorkers living in “transit-starved” areas. Our multilingual Dollar Van app will provide real-time access to over 500 licensed NYC commuter vans who provide rides for as little as $2.
Conductor makes transit data more accurate and accessible to all. We aggregate data from a variety of sources (in some cases, creating it ourselves) in order to give riders more accurate directions and information. We then deliver that information in a range of formats, making it accessible to different communities.