Over 5,000 annual injuries and fatalities!
Designed in the 19th Century to avoid cattle - how do we bring them up to date?
We want to design crossing from the perspective of the motorist - not the railroads! We believe the railroads mostly care about the railroads and have failed to update the crossings. As a result they are confusing and at odds with standard highway signs. We think you can do better!
While we welcome the MTA’s collaboration with Waze, it does not change the backward nature of the crossing themselves. Nor should it relieve the MTA of the need to overhaul the crossings. Not everyone uses Waze -especially for short hops.
We want new signage, technology, alerts, sensors, communication - preferably in a total system - that makes crossing immediately understandable to the average driver coming upon any crossing for the first time in any weather or time of day.
We are offering over $500 in cash along with trophies, certification, over $1,000 in sponsor awards and public appreciation.
All finalists will be asked to present their ideas in person or by videoconference on Saturday, August 11th.
The MTA along, with the railroad industry generally, says it is trying to make crossings safer.
Maybe they are - but they are doing it from their point of view. Historically, that has a lot less to do with highway safety than railroad safety.
We think the crossings should be redesigned by highway engineers - or at least people who understand it from the point of view of today's motorists.
We want the signs to speak the language of standard highway signage while also communicating the extraordinary danger trains present.
Clutter and mysterious symbols should be removed. Low cost, reliable 21st Century technology should be added.
Finally, while we welcome the MTA's collaboration with Waze it doesn't change the outdated nature of the crossings themsleves. Nor should that relieve the MTA of the need to update them. Not everyone uses Waze - especially on short hops.
We want to see fail safe methods, alerts, lookaheads and communication between the train and the crossings. Automation is welcomed.
Most of all, we would like to see your plans. Independent experts and inspired amateurs are all welcomed.
Judges include technologists, investors and public officials.
STEP 1 - SEND US AN OUTLINE
STEP 2 - (optional) SEND THE FULL PACKAGE to the MTA RR Challenge at DAE 303 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale, NY 10583
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: October 30th
STEP 3 - (If Invited) Be prepared to make a public presentation in person or by videoconference on November 10th.
For more details call (914) 723-4464