Subway riders can now get cellphone and Wi-Fi service at another 40 underground stations, bringing the total to 76, officials said Thursday. Transit Wireless, which is installing the necessary equipment, will have all 277 underground stations wired for sound and data by 2017, company CEO William Bayne said.
The new batch of plugged-in stations is composed of 11 stops in Manhattan and 29 in Queens. The group includes major hubs such as Jackson Heights-Roosevelt, Jamaica Center and Court Square in Queens, and 34th St.-Herald Square and 42nd St.-Bryant Park in Manhattan.
The rollout is taking place in seven stages. The first phase connected 36 stations in midtown Manhattan 18 months ago.
“We want our customers to stay connected whether at home, at work or in-between on their commutes,” Jim Hormann, AT&T assistant vice president for its New York network, said at a press event at the Court Square station in Long Island City.
The other major carriers involved in the project are T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon Wireless.