N.Y. MTA to Add Wi-Fi to Subways and Commuter Rail Trains
New York subway riders and rail commuters may soon have Wi-Fi access during their trips. On Tuesday, MTA chairman Thomas F. Prendergast said that the authority hopes to add Wi-Fi and possibly even cell phone reception to New York City subway cars. His comment served as the first public acknowledgement that the MTA was interested in providing Wi-Fi beyond subway stations.
While the general consensus is that the move towards Wi-Fi and reception on subways is indicative of the rise in subway use by young riders and the ever-advancing reliance on modern day technology and communication, the potential move also raises privacy and subway etiquette questions.
There is no timeframe or funding lined up for the plan, although Prendergast said that, following connectivity in subway stations, subway cars would be the next logical move. He also said that the authority wants to provide Wi-Fi access on its Metro-North and Long Island Railroad trains. It’s also too early to speculate as to whether the Wi-Fi access in subway or railroad cars will be free.
Wi-Fi access and mobile phone service are already available at several high-traffic subway stations in the city, including Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and Columbus Circle.
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