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NYC Subways Inch Closer to Full Cell Coverage with Verizon Deal

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 06:09 PM

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Cell phone service is available on some NYC subway platforms, but not most of them. (Flickr user Paul Lowry)

This week, Verizon became the last of the major cell phone carriers to ink a deal to deliver cell service to the NYC subway system. But that doesn't mean all the platforms will be buzzing with incoming calls. 

Wiring the full 277 stations will take at least until 2017. For now, 30 stations in Midtown, Chelsea and the Upper West Side have cell service (36 if you count each line separately in a station like Times Square). Another 40 platforms will be added early next year in Midtown and around Queens.

The NY MTA has partnered with a company called Transit Wireless on the $200 million project that will roll out in seven phases. The MTA expects to earn more than $3 million a year from the contracts — when it's all up and running. 

We're still in phase one now. The final platform will be wired up in 2017, right about the time the Second Avenue subway is scheduled to start rolling

Here's a map of where you can dial out from underground, and the list of stations with cell phone service and wi-fi is below. Tweet at us from a subway platform if you're reading this on one right now. @TransportNation Or use the tweet button above. Tell us how good the connection is. 

 

*1 23 Street – 8 Ave. CE
*2 14 Street – 8 Ave. ACE
*3 14 Street – 7 Ave. 123
*4 14 Street – 6 Ave. FM
*5 14 Street – 8 Ave. L
*6 14 Street – 6 Ave. L
7 96 Street BC
8 86 Street BC
9 28 Street 1
10 18 Street 1
11 81 Street-Museum of Natural History BC
12 72 Street BC
13 79 Street 1
14 23 Street 1
15 96 Street 123
16 66 Street-Lincoln Center 1
17 72 Street 123
18 57 Street F
19 47-50 Streets-Rockefeller Center BDFM
20 57 Street-7 Ave. NQR
21 28 Street NR
22 50 Street 1
23 50 Street CE
24 23 Street NR
25 49 Street NR
26 5 Ave.-53 Street EM
27 59 Street-Columbus Circle 1
28 59 St-Columbus Circle ABCD
29 7 Ave. BDE
30 Times Square-42 Street 123
31 Times Square-42 Street NQR
32 Times Square-42 Street 7
33 Times Square-42 Street ACE
34 Times Square-42 Street S
35 5 Ave.-59 Street NR
36 86 Street 1

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