Phase 2 of NYC Subway Wireless Plan Complete
Transit Wireless expands wireless to more New York City subway stops with the help of Motorola's ruggedized access points.Transit Wireless, a public wireless infrastructure specialist, and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials gathered today in Manhattan to announce the completion of Phase 2 of a project to bring cellular and WiFi service to all 277 underground stations. Phase 2 involved connecting 40 stations, 11 in Manhattan and 29 in the borough of Queens. Newly wired locations include major hubs like the Jamaica Center station in Queens and the Grand Central 42nd Street and 34th Street Herald Square stations in Manhattan. A total of 47 million riders monthly now have access to wireless service. During a press conference, Transit Wireless' CEO Bill Bayne said the expansion involved "100 miles of fiber cable wired between the stations." Wireless services extend only to the platform and station areas, not the subway tunnels, he was careful to point out. And the work of wiring all the stations, a seven-phase endeavor, is proceeding "a year ahead of schedule," he added. The project was initially slated to be completed in 2018, but Bayne projects a 2017 end date.
In total, commuters and visitors can now call, surf the Web or post a tweet in 76 New York City subway stations. Phase 1, completed 18 months ago, involved turning on the services in 36 Midtown Manhattan locations. In 2013, Transit Wireless reported that the system handled 2.6 million connections, 2.5 million of which were made on smartphones, and managed more than 60 terabytes of data.