Updated 07/26/2010 11:46 AM
MTA Plan To Bring Cell Service To Subway Stations Back On Track
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After years of delays, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority plan to wire subway stations for cellular and Wi-Fi service is back on track.
The agency has given the official go-ahead to the project's contractor, Transit Wireless, to start wiring stations.
Once the project is completed, riders will be able to make calls in stations, but the tunnels themselves will not be wired to allow riders to make calls on trains.
The MTA Board approved the deal in September 2007, but did not give the notice to proceed until last week because Transit Wireless did not demonstrate sufficient financing.
Under the original agreement, the company will rig six Manhattan stations for service within two years, and will have four years after that to provide service to the rest of the 271 stations in the system.