Report: WiFi Coming To Three NYC Subway Stations In Chelsea By End Of The Year

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Metropolitan Transit Authority has long been planning to bring cell phone and WiFi service to New York City subways.

The company chosen to bring the service underground is Transit Wireless. They’re expected to have all stations wired by 2016.

While the deal includes subway stations, commuters won’t receive signal in tunnels.

AT&T and T-Mobile signed 10-year contracts to deliver service to the system. Those companies will pay a fee to Transit Wireless, which will share profits – an estimated $30 million over 10 years – with the MTA.

According to Transportation Nation, a subsidiary of WNYC, WiFi will be up and running at 14th street and 6th Avenue, 14th street and 8th Avenue and 23rd street and 8th Avenue C/E stations by the end of the year.

Transportation Nation also reports the MTA is also planning WiFi and cell phone service in the Metro-North commuter tunnel between 97th Street and Grand Central Terminal. No word on when that will be up and running, though.

The subway system is one of the few places left where New Yorkers don’t have to be confronted with neighbors chatting on the phone. Do you support bringing wireless service into the subway system? Sound off in our comments section.

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  • Soyoung

    Ok, I’m from S.Korean where we can use cell phone everywhere..underground as well.
    First of all, it is so inceonvenient that phone is not accessible when meeting someone inside the subway or what if something urgent happens? I know the subway system is almost 100years but should be changed!
    Excuse me, It’s 21 century and it’s NYC!!

  • Yankees368

    Dear people fear-mongering about “security issues”:
    Do shut up. Do you realize that the East River Tunnels for the LIRR (and I’m pretty sure the Hudson Tubes for NJ Transit) have been wired up for cell phones for 10+ years? How many security issues have occurred because of that? ZERO. This is actually a public safety matter since people will be able to report suspicious activity since they can call out.

    • Andrew

      I’m with you guys on the public safety issue 100%. I believe that without cell phone access on the subways AND the “safety issues” that can arise on a subway, it’s important that we as New Yorkers have the ability to contact emergency services when necessary.

      Didn’t you guys read about the MTA 5 train conductor who was attacked? The situation could’ve been much worse!

    • Soyoung

      I agree. I just remember that MAT’s recent campaign, “See something, Say something” but how?
      And another recent survey said NYC subway is the most risky place in terms of terrorism. So…there should be some actions taken.



  • Emidio Scarfogliero

    I would just be worried about the cell phone signal or wi-fi signal being used for a “terrorist” attack. I personally enjoy not getting an email or calls on the subway. Its one of the few places I can escape and if they wire it up, we’ll have no excuse to dismiss work or personal messages that we don’t want to deal with. Imagine how many more people will fall into the gap now.

    • Jimmy

      Don’t worry. It’s the MTA. It probably won’t work anyway. Or you’ll be retired before it does.

  • Jx

    Security implications?

    • Jimmy

      Did you read the part about the profits they’ll make? Safety last.

  • Jimmy

    I wonder who the MTA insiders are that got in on the Transit Wireless deal? We’ll at least we didn’t have to wait as long as we had to wait for bus shelters before all the palms were greased. Yes, that’s what I think.

  • anonymous

    People are already so rude and so unconscious of the fact that they share public spaces, we do NOT need them on the phone in such confined spaces as subway cars. On the platform, perhaps…

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