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MAP: Where the (Subway) Wi-Fi Is

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 12:06 PM

Subway riders can now call their mothers and surf the Web from 30 more stations, ranging from 14th to 96th Streets in Manhattan. The MTA expanded its underground wireless service today to a total of 36 stations, which serve an annual average ridership of 7 million customers per station.

WNYC created a map of the connected stations. Check it out below.

The authority plans to add wireless voice and data communication capability to 40 stations in East Midtown and Queens by early next year, including stations at Herald Square, Grand Central Terminal and Flushing-Main Street. The long-term plan is to bring wireless to all 277 underground stations by 2017.

The service brings Wi-Fi and phone connections to riders while they're inside a station but not while they're traveling between stations on a train.

The MTA said Sprint and Verizon will soon be joining AT&T and T-Mobile in giving their customers access to 3G and 4G phone service. The carriers, along with Transit Wireless, are paying the entire cost of the roughly $200 million project. The MTA expects to earn a minimum of $3.3 million a year from the system once it's built out.

Transit Wireless is subcontracting with Boingo Wireless to provide and manage the Wi-Fi connection. That service is free but Boingo could charge for it later. Subway customers using Wi-Fi in a station now see a 15-second video ad when they access the service.

                                        

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Comments [8]

First off....when you login to the wifi you have to open up a browser to accept to connect. Then endure a 15-20 second advertisement. Then you get rerouted through about 2 other screens and 2 other forwarded URLs to finally get connected. By that time your train has arrived and you are stepping in.

The next logical thought would be GREAT..I'm connected...then your train pulls out of the station and you lose that connection. At the next stop...you have to go through the same rigamarole to get reconnected to THAT hotspot. The train is only in each station for 60 seconds. So basically...if you happen to be stuck on a platform for more than 10 or 15 minutes..then it's ok..but don't plan on really getting anything done or able to construct an important email or download a podcast or stream a netflix show or stream anything for that matter.

At this point it's completely useless to a subway/train commuter. And the ONLY way I would EVER hang out on a platform in the middle of the scorching humid heat in the summer is if I was homeless and was able to afford a smartphone...OR you paid ME $100 per minute to stand there in 100 degree subway platform to use this hotspot.

So Forget it. Unless they can stream ine the connection underground in the cars completely..it's a useless piece of technology going to utter waste. I dont expect them to be able to do this anytime soon...because Penn Station finally got air conditioning in 1998!!! I kept saying to myself (when I got to NY and came through Penn Station in 1989) "What year is this..and they don't have air conditioning?" As long as New York continues to NOT get with the program...it will always be a "Behind the Times" City.

May. 23 2013 11:37 AM
rd from Inwood

I'm glad it's my line, but it seems WAY too dangerous to take out an iPhone in public now.

Apr. 27 2013 12:11 PM
Suzette Kaminski from Brooklyn

What about Brooklyn?????

Apr. 26 2013 11:03 AM
Carmen from Brooklyn

If the service was more reliable, cleaner and quicker, we wouldn't need wifi in any station because the trips wouldn't take forever and the environment would be more pleasant. No wifi distractions needed.

Apr. 25 2013 10:16 PM
Mr. Wang

1) "Wired for wireless?"
2) East side always gets the finger.

Apr. 25 2013 09:46 PM
Frank from LES

How about cleaning the stations first? When they're so smelly and disgusting, who can think about getting on the Internet?

Apr. 25 2013 08:06 PM
nelly

How about giving us better, faster, and transportation first. Then worry about wifi?

Apr. 25 2013 05:03 PM
Ann from UWS

I live on the 1/2/3 line, and I'm really cheesed off by this so-called free wifi. It seems to only be free at certain times. Most of the time they ask you to buy a subscription if there are no advertisers giving the wifi free that day. That is unless I'm missing something ...

Apr. 25 2013 04:31 PM

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