Check your phone. More subway stations have service.
The MTA and Transit Wireless announced 11 new Manhattan stations and 29 in Queens are wired for wi-fi and cell service from the major carriers. 76 stations are now connected.
Hubs are on line at 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. The first 36 Midtown Manhattan underground stations came on-line 18 months ago.
The completion of Phases I and II are part of seven phases to wire all 277 underground stations by 2017, and work has already begun to bring another 39 stations online by spring 2015. The MTA says Phase III of the project includes the Flushing Main Street Station in Queens, as well as stations in Lower Manhattan, West Harlem, Washington Heights, Fulton Street Station, 125 Street Station and the new 34 Street 7 Station when it opens next year.
Transit Wireless and it's partner wireless agencies, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Wireless, and also Royal Caribbean International, provide complementary Wi-Fi to riders. There is no cost to the MTA for the installation. Data charges could apply to customers who use their cell carrier to connect underground.
Crews say safety procedures are built-in and customers should make sure they are connected to the official "Transit Wireless" public wi-fi.
Transit Wireless CEO William A. Bayne said, "The wireless connectivity provided by the four major U.S. carriers is the core of our network and ensures everyone can have connectivity and access as we roll-out stations in Queens and expand coverage underground."
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Thomas F. Prendergast said, "Bringing wireless service into our subway system is the latest milestone in the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s effort to use technology to improve the service we provide for our customers. Whether you’re checking your email, calling your kids or looking for emergency assistance, wireless service will bring the conveniences we’re used to above ground into the subway system."
New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco said, "Enhancing the customer experience through connectivity, our Help Point Intercoms, On-the-Go Screens and next train arrival information while bringing in added revenue to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is a win-win for everyone. Today we add Queens to the fold and I look forward to bringing stations in the Bronx and Brooklyn online in the near future."