NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — More cell phone and Wi-Fi service was headed under ground Thursday as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s effort to have all subway stations wired by 2016.
After testing Wi-Fi at six stations last year, the MTA has expanded service to 30 additional stations, including Times Square, Rockefeller Center and Columbus Circle.
AT&T and T-Mobile signed 10-year contracts to provide cell and Wi-Fi service through a network being built by Transit Wireless.
As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, the New York City subway system has come a long way in its 110 years of service
“Technology wasn’t even a word back then and almost everything was done with human labor,” MTA Interim Executive Director Thomas Prendergast said at an afternoon news conference. “It means you can check your email, surf the Web or do just about anything you do upstairs while you’re waiting for a train.”