The MTA is dialing in, a full two years ahead of schedule. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that cell phone service and Wi-Fi will be available across nearly all underground stations by Monday in response to his directive at the beginning of 2016 to accelerate the project.“By bringing Wi-Fi and cell service underground ahead of schedule, we are reimagining our subway stations to meet the needs of the next generation,” Cuomo said in a press release. “This will better connect New Yorkers who are on-the-go and build on our vision to reimagine the country’s busiest transportation network for the future.”
Transit Wireless spent “well over” $300 million to install WiFi two years ahead of schedule and cell phone coverage from all four carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless — one year ahead of schedule.
Almost every station in the city already has service, with Clark Street on the 2, 3 line in Brooklyn Heights as the final station set to go live Monday.
Four stations, which are either currently under renovation (South Ferry) or about to start a renovation (Prospect Avenue, 53rd Street and Bay Ridge), will immediately come online after the renovation is completed.
Over the course of the project, Transit Wireless installed: 120 miles of fiber optic cables to transport signals between stations and base station hotel data centers; 4,000 antenna connection points; and 5,000 Wi-Fi access points.
Transit Wireless and the MTA will share revenue from the network’s services, the governor’s office reports.
The announcement comes shortly after the Second Avenue Subway opening.
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