Verizon Now Available to New Yorkers in the Subway
Transit Wireless today announced the addition of Verizon Wireless to its underground cellular network in the New York City subway system. Verizon's 3G voice and LTE 4G services are available at 35 different subway stations in Manhattan, from 23rd St. to 96th St, including Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center, and Columbus Circle. With Verizon on board, Transit Wireless, the company behind the underground network, announced that it is starting phase two of its project, which will bring cellular access to subway stations throughout Queens. AT&T and T-Mobile are already available via Transit Wireless. Sprint is expected to become available from Transit this year.
NYC Reaches Full Cellular Coverage In All Subway Stations
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that by January 9th, all underground subway stations in New York City will have cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. The system was built and is maintained by Transit Wireless, which confirmed to Phone Scoop that this milestone includes all four major wireless carriers, at all covered stations.
Google Maps Transit Navigation Adds Wheelchair-Compatible Routes
Google today updated Google Maps public transit navigation with support for wheelchairs. The company asked its Local Guides to begin adding wheelchair/accessibility data to Maps last fall.
Transit Wireless Brings Service to 20 Stations In the Bronx
Transit Wireless today said it has completed Phase 4 of its project to bring cellular and WiFi service to subway stations across New York City. Phase 4 adds coverage to 20 stations in the Bronx, as well as 17 stations in Manhattan.
Sprint Says LTE Plus Now Available In New York City
Sprint today announced that its LTE Plus wireless service is available across all five boroughs of New York City. LTE Plus relies on Sprint's three LTE bands (800 MHz, 1900 MHz, 2.5 GHz) and carrier aggregation to improve capacity and speed.
MTA Approves $573M for Contactless Fare System
New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority plans to do away with the aging MetroCard fare system in favor of one that supports contactless payments, reports the New York Times. The agency has approved a $573 million contract to update the system's turnstiles with new wireless readers that can accept smartphones and certain types of credit/debit cards.