Cell service is coming to more subway stations.
Crews are working to bring 29 stations in Queens and the rest of Manhattan on line. Brooklyn stations will not be done until the end of 2016.
Transit Wireless offered PIx11’s Greg Mocker an inside look at the underground project to bring phone service to the subways.
“The U.S. is 10 years behind the rest of the world. Now we have caught up,” says Transit Wireless CEO Bill Bayne.
The company is partnering with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. There is no cost to the MTA.
“Bringing wireless service into the New York City subway has been a big step forward for our customers, and we’re pleased that even more of them will be able to take advantage of it,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast. “The ability to make and receive phone calls underground is an important improvement for safety and security as well as convenience, and our customers will certainly appreciate it.”
The initial project, completed in September 2011, began with six stations in Chelsea. Thirty other stations in Manhattan were added in April 2013.
Phase 3 includes 38 Stations in Uptown & downtown Manhattan (Fulton Street Transit Center, Columbia University, Harlem(125th Street), Spring Street). That is set to be done in December 2014.
Thirty-eight Stations on Manhattan’s east side and the Bronx are scheduled to be done in July 2015. Phase 5 is set for December 2015 with Phase 6 done by April 2016.
Brooklyn is part of Phase 7 which hopefully will be complete by December 2016.