Until recently, the modern world had to be put on hold whenever New Yorkers took the subway. There were no cell phone or Wi-Fi services, which made the subway a dark zone for any forms of communication. However, things are changing for the better. The Internet is about to conquer the underground world as well. Also, New Yorkers will be able to remain connected to modern times by phone.
New York City was expecting the recent works to meet their deadline in 2018. However, last Thursday Governor Andrew Cuomo surprised the citizens with a happy change of events. The subway will have open communication lines with the modern times as of this year. The MTA stations will be brought to life with Wi-Fi and cell phone services. This update will be to the great delight for people who want to use online resources for entertainment while commuting. However, some workers might find the underground improvement to their detriment. The transportation means will continue to keep them plugged to their professional lives.
This Monday, the plan is expected to be fully completed. The stations have been receiving phone coverage and Wi-Fi for a while now. However, the operations didn’t happen for the entire network at the same time. On Monday, the Clark Street will be officially upgraded to the modern times, which will also mark the final task of the plans. Consequently, from this day on, the underground will deliver same needed services as any at the level of the surface. Customers will be able to keep talking on their phones by using Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon or At&T, which are the four major carriers. Moreover, the Wi-Fi service will be active throughout all subway stations. Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens will be no exception.
In addition, subway travelers will also be able to access around 3,000 Help Point Intercoms. This way, New Yorkers can call 911 from the underground from now on. To make this large project possible, the Metropolitan Transport Authority collaborated with Transit Wireless. Together, they managed to install 120 miles of fiber optic cables plus 5,000 Wi-Fi access points. Moreover, authorities plan to share the revenue that this new service will bring with the city. Andrew Cuomo stated that this project is the result of their efforts to sync the most crowded transportation system with modern times.
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