Good news for subway commuters in New York: you'll soon be able to make phone calls and connect to the Internet at more stations. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Transit Wireless have deployed wireless and Wi-Fi networks in another 40 underground stations, including 11 new Manhattan stations and 29 stations in Queens, bringing the total to 76.
The newly connected stations include major hubs such as the Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Avenue Station, Jamaica Center Station, Court Square Station, 42 Street Bryant Park Station, 34 Street Herald Square Station, and Grand Central 42 Street Station.
"Adding and improving wireless service at more subway stations provides a much-anticipated boost to riders' experience in one of the world's busiest and oldest subway systems, while offering an added level of security", said Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.
This marks the completion of Phase-II of a seven-phase process that aims to connect all of the city's 277 underground subway stations by 2017. The first phase connected 36 stations in midtown Manhattan 18 months ago.
Phase III will cover the Flushing Main Street Station in Queens, as well as stations in Lower Manhattan, West Harlem, and Washington Heights, including the Fulton Street Station, 125 Street Station and the new 34 Street 7 Station. A total of 39 stations will be brought online by spring next year.
All of the Big Four wireless carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile – are involved in the project.