Feb. 20, 2014 Staff Report
Subway riders will soon be able to tap into Wi Fi and cell service at every underground station in Queens by June.
Starting in March, construction will begin on a project that will bring free Wi-Fi and cell service to every underground station in the borough, according to Transit Wireless, which is providing the service.
“Providing cell phone and data connectivity to our Queens customers is the latest step in keeping everyone connected and bringing a new level of security with the ability to dial 9-1-1 in an emergency,” said MTA CEO Thomas F. Prendergast in a statement.
The Queens service represents the second phase in the MTA’s plan to bring Wi-Fi to subway commuters.
During the first phase of the project, Transit Wireless brought the service to 36 stations in the Chelsea, Midtown and Upper West Side neighborhoods of Manhattan.
The second phase, which will bring Wi-Fi to Queens, will also include 11 stations in Midtown Manhattan.
Phase two is expected to be completed by June of this year and will serve about 250 million riders annually with cell service on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Wireless as well as Wi-Fi.