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Cell Service Comes To 30 More Subway Stations

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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday rolled out cell phone and Wi-Fi service in 30 more Manhattan subway stations.

The service has been added to stations on the West Side of Manhattan, from Times Square to 96th Street.

Several stations along 14th Street got cell service in 2011.

Straphangers who use those stations will now be able to make calls, send emails and text while underground.

Transit officials eventually want all 277 stations to offer the service but note that it will take time. They say the 36 stations now wired were a challenge because the system is 110 years old, and not designed to add new technology easily.

The MTA contracted Transit Wireless to set up the network.

"It's a system that required very creative ways to install the equipment without disrupting the millions of passengers that use this network on a 24 by 7 basis," said Bill Bayne of Transit Wireless.

Some commuters who spoke with NY1 had mixed reactions about the service.

"I think people will be less attentive to what's around them," said one straphanger.

"Say if somebody falls on the tracks, you don't have the service, we can't call the cops or call the ambulances in case something happens like that," said another straphanger.

For now, only AT&T and T-Mobile customers will get a cell signal at the wired stations; Verizon and Sprint users will be able to later this year.

For a full list of the cell phone ready stations, visit

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