More Subway Stations in Manhattan, Bronx in Line to Get Online

Can you hear me now?
For thousands of New York City Transit subway customers in Upper and Lower Manhattan, the answer is yes.

Transit Wireless recently wired its 100th underground subway station as part of Phase III of MTA’s plan to bring connectivity to all 277 underground subway stations by 2017, allowing customers to use their cell phones and Wi-Fi at major stations such as 7 Subway Flushing-Main St, the new 2 Subway3 Subway4 Subway5 SubwayA SubwayC SubwayJ SubwayZ Subway Fulton St transit hub, A SubwayB SubwayC SubwayD Subway 125 St and the F SubwayJ SubwayM SubwayZ Subway Delancey St-Essex St station complex. The current phase of the project encompasses 39 stations that together serve more than 12 million monthly customers.

Transit Wireless also is beginning the network buildout for Phase IV, which will include 20 underground stations in the Bronx and 17 more stations in Upper Manhattan. Those locations include transfer stations such as 4 Subway5 Subway6 SubwayN SubwayQ SubwayR Subway Lexington Av/59 St, 4 Subway5 Subway6 Subway 125 St and 2 Subway4 Subway5 Subway 149 St-Grand Concourse. By the end of 2015, NYCT subway customers will have cell phone service and Wi-Fi connectivity in underground subway stations throughout Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. 

The service network allows customers to make E911 calls when needed and gives MTA employees and first responders the ability to communicate quicker and more efficiently during emergencies. It also allows customers to stay in touch with family, friends and businesses.

"The MTA has been on a clearly defined mission to improve our mass transit system with upgrades to the station environment through several ambitious new-technology communications projects like this one, aimed at improving the travel experiences of our customers while offering another level of security," said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast.

MTA expects all seven phases of the connectivity project to be complete by 2017. The first two phases included stations in Midtown Manhattan and all underground stations in Queens with the exception of the 7 Subway Main St terminal.

Underground cell phone service is made possible through a partnership with the nation’s four largest mobile carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless. Customers with Wi-Fi capability on their smartphones and mobile devices can access the “Transit Wireless WiFi” network, which is free through a sponsorship with CityBuzz.