Galway-based CitySwift is expanding its operations to North America in a new partnership with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

The MTA is North America's largest public transport operator.

The company was one of three winners of New York's Transit Tech Lab's Covid-19 Response Challenge, which will implement high-tech solutions across the MTA and the Port Authority for New York and New Jersey.

CitySwift's data-driven technology platform will be used to predict bus capacities and run times, optimise timetables and track, monitor and automatically report network performance across Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens.

Founded in 2016 in Galway, CitySwift's clients include the UK's National Express, the Go-Ahead Group and Transport for Wales.

The company is also expanding into Europe and North America.

It has raised €3.5m to date from backers Enterprise Ireland, Western Development Commission, ACT Venture Capital, Irelandia Investment and the former CEO of CarTrawler Mike McGearty.

Brian O'Rourke, CitySwift co-founder and CEO, said the company was excited to be helping the MTA embrace data in smart, innovative ways to improve bus services and support Covid-19 recovery in New York City.

"As new mobility patterns emerge, there is a lot to learn from big data about changing trends and how best to plan and shape bus services for the future," Brian O'Rourke said.

"Data has the power to transform the economics of the bus sector and help attract a new generation of passengers. It's the key to delivering frequent, fast, reliable services that meet the needs of the modern bus user and offer an attractive, affordable and sustainable alternative to the private car," he said.

"It will enable the MTA to offer faster journey times, and optimise frequency by intelligently matching vehicle supply with passenger demand," he added.