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Wi-Fi and Cell Service to Come to Queens’ Underground Stations by June

Feb. 20, 2014 By Christian Murray

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.

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du lich thai lan gia re 2014

I was wondering if you ever considered changing the layout of your
site? Its very well written; I love what youve
got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way
of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two pictures.
Maybe you could space it out better?


a teachable moment – Thanks for correcting me on something I experience everyday cause you would obviously know better. Perhaps it is a difference on subway lines, but on the N & Q, as the train travels in between stations, I lose service. That is a fact through experience.

a teachable moment

John Z-
The article isn’t clear-this upgrade will allow full cell service underground, on all queens subways. More yapping and facetime in foreign languages- CAN’T WAIT!

Angray-you are incorrect, service is working on Manhattan subways while moving….
Welcome to your worst nightmare everyone.

I'm so tired

Fair point, but I’ve been on the upper west side where you can get service at stations and you can can get it between stations too.thanks for the spelling lesson


I’m so tired – So quick to attack others comments. John Z is correct if the system is like how things are in Midtown now. Underground station platforms have service, but as trains travel between stations the service is cut off.


Old White Ladies have more class. They don’t ride the subway, they’re driven around like Miss Daisy.

John Z

Its not that big of a deal. If its only in the stations and not in the tunnels people won’t be able to carry conversations the entire ride. It just gives people on the platform a line of communication to the outside world.

I'm so tired

No…. The fun part of the seven train commute was waiting for the train to go underground so those babbling idiots on their phone get cut off


oh shut up Celtic, it’s about connectivity. If there is an emergency why should people in this day and age be left in the dark in a tunnel.

not to mention how much stuff goes on in the MTA. They are practically coffins on tracks. You need to be able to reach help quickly if something is going down.

Celtic Bark

Heaven forbid somebody should go a few minutes without being electronically connected. They might go into virtual withdrawal.


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