IDC Government Insights named NJ Transit’s Experiential Commuter Journey project as a finalist in the fifth annual Smart Cities North America Awards, the organization announced March 7.
The awards recognize the progress that cities, states, counties and universities have made in executing Smart Cities projects. The 14 categories include administration, civic engagement, education, smart buildings and more.
NJ Transit is nominated in the “Transportation – Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Public Transit, Ride-Hailing/Ride-Sharing” category and is competing with projects in Wilson, N.C., and Virginia Beach, Va.
The finalists were chosen based on how they leverage technology and innovation to offer new services and economic opportunities for their residents, IDC said.
NJ Transit’s Experiential Commuter Journey project “represents an overhaul of the traditional commuter experience,” the organization stated in a previous awards announcement. It involves creating a touchless commuter experience, developing an analytic network to improve rail and bus on-time performance, and “becoming the first public transportation network in the U.S. to become third-party verified in the international standard for information security.”
The public is invited to vote on the finalists here. Voting will be open through 5 p.m. (EST) on March 13. Winners will be honored at Smart Cities Connect, April 4–7 in Columbus, Ohio.