New York picks IBM to run transit authority data center

New York picks IBM to run transit authority data center

The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority has awarded IBM Corp. a five-year, $65 million contract to take over the authority's data center.

IBM's global services group will run the center, which controls the authority's computer operations and its fare collection system.

The company also will manage applications that support employees, all IT equipment, and financial and administrative functions. The work will be done at a data center outside Manhattan.

The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority comprises the New York City Transit Authority, MTA Bridges and Tunnels, Long Island Rail Road, Metro North Railroad and Long Island Bus system.

Through its various agencies, the authority serves a population of 14.6 million in a 5,000-square-mile area that fans out from New York into Long Island, southeastern New York state and Connecticut.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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