MTA Approves Long-Delayed NYC Subway Cell Coverage
New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority has finally green-lighted a project that will provide 3G cellular and Wi-Fi coverage to the city's underground subway stations and tunnels. The MTA first struck a deal with Transit Wireless in 2007 to provide service in subway stations (but not the tunnels). Four companies, including Transit Wireless and Q-Wireless, are participating in this new venture. "This project was stalled for too long, and we will be working with the contractor to make up as much time as possible," MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin told the New York Daily News. Now that the plans are approved, Transit Wireless and its partners have up to two years to install test coverage areas in six subway stations. Upon the successful completion and testing of those six trial sites, Transit will then have another four years to complete building out the underground coverage network across all 277 subway stations. Even if the network goes up, however, it doesn't automatically mean that all users will have coverage. The individual cellular network operators each need to sign a deal with Transit Wireless before the can offer their services through the system.
Subway Train Operators
What do you expect, we're a third world country now.
Hay Chawlie! Chawlie! I'm in da subway, yo! Yeh! On my celly!