2MTA Wireless Effort Marks a Milestone
Fernando Ferrer, acting MTA chairman and a former Bronx mayor, was flanked by executives from Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Boingo Wireless as well as MTA Interim Executive Director Thomas Prendergast (at right) to announce that a total of 36 MTA stations now have wireless coverage, and Verizon Wireless and Sprint are joining the effort.
3If You See Something, Say Something in Real Time
Ferrer said that system will help first responders and enable subway users to call 911, in addition to allowing more of the 8.5 million New Yorkers who take the subway every day to talk, text, watch video or use interactive MTA apps to know where their train is in the system and whether there’s a delay.
4Years in the Making
Transit Wireless CEO Bill Bayne emphasized the challenge of bringing modern technology to a “complex, 110-year-old system that’s open 24/7.” While other mass transit systems around the world already feature wireless, Bayne said, many close at 1 a.m., or were built more recently, with high ceilings leaving plenty of room for plastic piping to carry all the necessary equipment. One executive, during the Q&A session, described New York’s subway as having been built “before technology was a word.”
5Wiring a Wireless Solution
6WiFi Here, Too
7How to Find Out Which Stations Have Service
9What Does It Take to Connect the MTA’s Customers?
10A Temporary Slowdown
The April 25 press conference was held in the 42nd Street Station, where the crowd around the event’s speakers grew with curious tourists and commuters. As a mosaic in the station directly across from the press event depicts, New Yorkers like to take in what’s going on.