As the city prepares for the UN General Assembly, officials from the MTA and the Department of Transportation are exploring how different tech improvements are helping New Yorkers travel and commute more effectively. On WNYC’s New Tech City recently, Alex Goldmark, from Transportation Nation, spoke with host Manoush Zomodori about the ways in which the latest technology will help New Yorkers get around.
Goldmark notes that the city has spent about $300 million on developing tech to make the daily commuter’s life easier. A program called Midtown in Motion covers 200 of the most congested square blocks in the city with sensors that send information to the Traffic Management Center in Queens where people monitor traffic lights and road blocks. Goldmark also mentions the demand for real-time location information of subways, which have not yet developed. When asked how NY compares to other cities in terms of technology, Goldmark suggests that having older subway stations and a more intricate system has complicated certain tech improvements.
The MTA has created the option of automated text responses for those who do not use apps on their phones yet, and plans to expand this to more lines.