Some phone service to be available at subway stops

September 23, 2011 4:49:40 AM PDT
If you ride the subway you know anytime you use your cell phone, service cuts out once you are underground.

Now that's about to change.

Starting next week several underground platforms will be wired for service.

It's music to straphangers' ears.

"It's about time," said Carol Rosales.

The MTA has a deal with a company called Transit Wireless to start providing cell and data service on underground subway platforms.

Starting Tuesday it'll be available for AT&T customers in several Chelsea locations:

  • The F,M and L platforms at 14th and 6th
  • The 1,2,3 platform at 14th and 7th
  • The A,C,E, and L platforms at 14th and 8th
  • The C and E platform at 23rd and 8th Despite it adding one more place where you'll be trapped listening to someone else's phone calls, it is a program being applauded be the Straphangers Campaign as a plus for riders.

    "It'll also bring some revenue to the MTA which can't hurt," said Gene Russianoff.

    While negotiations are still on-going to offer Verizon and Sprint customers the service, those who will soon be able to call, text, e-mail and surf the web while waiting for the train are definitely on-board.

    The service will be available in all of NYC's 277 underground stations by 2016.