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Mapped: Subway Stations With Wi-Fi Underground

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 12:47 PM

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New York will have to wait until 2016 for Wi-Fi in all underground subway stations — putting it years behind other American cities like San Francisco, Boston and Chicago as well as international cities like Singapore and Hong Kong.

"If you look around the world at other mega-cities, New York is probably the farthest behind in terms of the technology infrastructure in the subways," said Anthony Townsend, a visiting scholar at NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management.

UPDATE: On April 25, 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 30 additional subway stations with Wi-Fi.  Wireless and data services below ground will allow subway riders to use their phones, send and receive texts and e-mails.  There are now 36 stations with online and cell services.  AT&T, T-Mobile and Transit Wireless are paying for the project, which the governor's offices estimates will cost up to $200 million.

Wi-Fi services are through Transit Wireless which has an agreement with Boingo Wireless to manage and operate the system.  For now, Wi-Fi is free thanks to sponsorship with HTC One. To access, chose SSID:  FreWifibyHTCONE.

(The story originally appeared on September 19, 2012.)

 

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Comments [10]

Brian Zimmerman from Manhattan

It would be nice if this also marked which stations & line sections are above ground.

Jan. 30 2014 07:06 PM
Bernie from UWS

Terrible use of resources. Shouldn't the MTA be spending its limited budget on fixing up the many dilapidated and dirty stations throughout the system rather than adding this frill? It's putting lipstick on a pig.

Apr. 25 2013 04:26 PM
Strappy the Scrappy Unhappy Straphanger from The Rails

No, Mr. Townsend, New York is the farthest behind in infrastructure PERIOD! This is like putting some icing on a moldy, crumbling cake.

btw: New York is a "mega-city"? Who comes up with these idiotic terms?

Apr. 25 2013 03:53 PM
Jill

Actually I think having internet in the subway isn't a good idea. Yes if there is an emergency it could save a life but this doesn't happen all that often. What does happen often is people who are texting stop walking or paying attention to what is happening around them. Subway riders already stop in the subway doorways - what's going to happen now that they will be even more self involved?

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Nov. 26 2012 01:28 PM

As usual substitute "Manhattan" for "New York City".
Obviously the myopic MTA does not think there are business or emergency needs in the other boroughs sufficient to even pilot there. Where does the MTA think most of the people who make Manhattan function live? And is there no business in the city besides mid- and downtown Manhattan?

Nov. 09 2012 05:15 AM
Jan Murry

Why did they remove it from the 14th street 1, 2, & 3? it was there last week?

Oct. 03 2012 05:58 PM
Sam Lundin from 10016

Useful. Love this. I can't wait till 10 years from now when people kids say "wait, you guys used to have no Internet underground?"

Sep. 27 2012 03:11 PM

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