MTA adds Wi-Fi to Herald Square and other subway stations
With the MTA adding free Wi-Fi to its Subway systems, New York City’s underground is beginning to feel more connected. Last Fall, the MTA rolled out Phase II of its ambitious plan to connect all 277 of its stations to Wi-Fi by the year 2017. In a press release, Governor Cuomo highlighted the importance of this continued growth.
"Adding and improving wireless service at more subway stations provides a much-anticipated boost to riders’ experience in one of the world’s busiest and oldest subway systems," Cuomo said.
The recent completion of Phase II brings Wi-Fi to prominent stations like 34 St-Herald Square, 42 St-Bryant Park and Grand Central-42 St and focuses on 36 stations across Manhattan and Queens. The MTA plans to reach another 39 stations with the free Wi-Fi service sponsored by Royal Caribbean, this spring.
Not only are the wireless signals making New Yorkers' commutes more convenient, but they are also making the rail system safer. Governor Cuomo emphasized that with a wireless signal underground, emergency responders are more capable of serving the needs of the city.
In the same press release, Transit Wireless CEO William A. Bayne said that “the wireless connectivity provided by the four major U.S. carriers is the core of our network and ensures everyone can have connectivity and access.” Having recently added up-to-date train information tickers, interactive maps and Help Point Intercoms, the MTA is reaching yet another technological goal through adding Wi-Fi.
For King’s students, the MTA Wi-Fi has been making daily commutes better. Freshman in the House of Bonhoeffer, Matthew Sheffield noted that because of the wireless connections underground, he is able to stay in touch with current events, school work and personal life while he waits for his trains.
“It’s really convenient," Sheffield said. "It’s a really good way to stay in touch while still underground."