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NYC Subway Wireless Project Expands
Wireless, Wi-Fi Now Available at 36 Stations
by Karl Bode 08:06AM Friday Apr 26 2013
Getting Wi-Fi and cellular phone service into the NYC subway system started in 2007 has been a rather slow and clunky affair. The network was projected to cost $150 million to $200 million to get all 277 stations wired within six years, with a company named Transit Wireless managing the project, then paying New York City Transit $46.8 million over 10 years for the honor.

However, after an installation across a whopping six station test area in Chelsea after three years of work, the project appeared to have stalled. At least until today.

Today the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Transit Wireless announced that service is now available at thirty different NYC subway stations. Initially only AT&T and T-Mobile were cellular partners, but Sprint and Verizon also say they've struck a deal with the company. In other words, users of all four carriers should now get signal at all 36 stations.

The project seems far away from the 277 station goal, though the company still expects to have the project finished by 2016. A list of the stations now providing service is available here. Whether or not you want to hear people's conversations while you wait for the 1 train is something else entirely.

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More fodder for the thievs

Great, now more people can have their smartphones and tablets stolen on the subway.
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Re: More fodder for the thievs

And I can't picture John Lennon as a spokesmodel for a signal in subway stations.

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Re: More fodder for the thievs

those glasses would appear to be the same ones or similar to the ones that yoko posted in her tweet about guns.

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Im more concerned with terrorist opportunities.
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Re: More fodder for the thievs

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Please report any unattended bags or suspicious behavior to the bus driver.

I was on a bus once and there was an abandoned bag on the wheel well, I told the driver and he was like "I'll turn it in at the end of the run". I was thinking he should have called the police to remove it.

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said by celeritypc:

Great, now more people can have their smartphones and tablets stolen on the subway.

I try to sit near the surveillance cameras on the bus. I also refuse to let anyone touch my phone.

I was on the bus once and a guy asked to use my phone. I politely refused since he seemed to be an Apple picker type so I discreetly took his picture and sent it to my E-mail in case he stole my phone.

If the bus is packed, I put my phone away.
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This sucks

It used to be a respite from people constantly yakking on the phone. At least it's not in the tunnels, that would truly be horrible!

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Re: This sucks

said by BiggA:

It used to be a respite from people constantly yakking on the phone. At least it's not in the tunnels, that would truly be horrible!

Coming from chicago, that kinda surprised me. Back in chicago, the cover the tunnels too.
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Re: This sucks

Boston has reception in their tunnels but it is spotty. They do near Government Center because a light rail operator was texting and he crashed the trolley into another trolley. I'm sure the MBTA fired him. The PVTA cracked down on cell usage by the bus drivers as they have to exit the bus before they use their phone.

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Re: This sucks

said by IowaCowboy:

Boston has reception in their tunnels but it is spotty. They do near Government Center because a light rail operator was texting and he crashed the trolley into another trolley. I'm sure the MBTA fired him. The PVTA cracked down on cell usage by the bus drivers as they have to exit the bus before they use their phone.

It's definitely spotty but it was proven worth while after one of the subway trains derailed in the middle of the tunnel a few years ago. People where able to dial 911.
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Re: This sucks

The operator could radio dispatch. Their internal radio systems all have repeaters down there.

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Re: This sucks

I meant chicago has tunnel service and how it helped (I was by no means clear. sorry) but your right.

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said by djdanska:

said by IowaCowboy:

Boston has reception in their tunnels but it is spotty. They do near Government Center because a light rail operator was texting and he crashed the trolley into another trolley. I'm sure the MBTA fired him. The PVTA cracked down on cell usage by the bus drivers as they have to exit the bus before they use their phone.

It's definitely spotty but it was proven worth while after one of the subway trains derailed in the middle of the tunnel a few years ago. People where able to dial 911.

I don't see why people need to dial 911. The train operator can summon help via the radio system. Why clog up the 911 system with people panicking because of a train derailment? The train operators and conductors have a direct line to transit police and other emergency services. The transit operator has to coordinate anyway.

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Coming from chicago, that kinda surprised me. Back in chicago, the cover the tunnels too.

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said by BiggA:

It used to be a respite from people constantly yakking on the phone. At least it's not in the tunnels, that would truly be horrible!

People talking on cell phones while riding the bus does not bother me. What does bother me is unruly children and passengers with offensive body odor. Another annoyance is people who hold up the boarding process by not having their fare ready when the bus arrives.
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Verizon

Based in NYC has no cell phone presence in the subway system. AT&T based in Texas does. Good job Verizon.

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Re: Verizon

Verizon is based in NYC, but Verizon Wireless is in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.

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Buses don't need Wi-Fi

Buses don't need Wi-Fi or signal repeaters. I use my iPhone without issue on the bus using the LTE radio on the iPhone.
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Works Only in Station, Not While Traveling

The wireless system in the subway only works in the installed stations (mainly for folks waiting for a train), not while the train is traveling down the tracks between stations. And there are no plans to extend it to work while the train is traveling.
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Am I the only one?

Am I the only one who thinks the guy in the photo bears a remarkable resemblance to someone who's been in the news a lot lately?
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Re: Am I the only one?

said by biochemistry:

Am I the only one who thinks the guy in the photo bears a remarkable resemblance to someone who's been in the news a lot lately?

You might be the only one that doesn't recognize the person in the photo.

It's John Lennon.

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Good for stations only, maybe

Cell service on the trains we do not need or want. The last thing you want is people yakking away in 100 different languages right next to you.

But the stations are OK. Well sort of. Now people will be paying more attention to their smartphones rather than the train tracks, so I predict some more people will end up walking onto the tracks and being rolled over by the trains. It's all good though. Darwin at work.