AT&T and Transit Wireless on Thursday confirmed intentions to expand wireless service in 242 New York City subway stations. Coverage is already available in 30 stations between midtown Manhattan and parts of the Chelsea neighborhood. A second phase is underway with service coming to another 40 stations (29 in Queens, 11 in Manhattan) before the end of the summer.
“Bringing wireless service into the New York City subway has been a big step forward for our customers, and we’re pleased that even more of them will be able to take advantage of it,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. “The ability to make and receive phone calls underground is an important improvement for safety and security as well as convenience, and our customers will certainly appreciate it.”
Why is coverage so vital in subways, you ask? It’s not about keeping you connected to Reddit or Instagram, it’s about safety. Once enabled, New Yorkers and visitors will be able to dial 911 in emergency situations when on subway platforms underground. With that said, there’s nothing wrong with a little streaming radio to get you through the commute. Or you know, you can always check in with mom.