More cell phone service coming to NYC subways

September 30, 2011 4:46:37 AM PDT
The MTA says design work has begun for more wireless subway stations, just days after that became a reality in a few stations in Chelsea.

The agency hopes to have cell phone service in a couple dozen more stations within a year.

All the stations are in Manhattan, on the West Side, and include Times Square, Herald Square and Columbus Circle.

As of now, only commuters who use AT&T and T-Mobile have wireless access at platforms in Chelsea.

The service currently works in the following four stations:

  • The F, M and L platforms at 14th Street and 6th Avenue
  • The 1, 2 and 3 platforms at 14th Street and 7th Avenue
  • The A, C, E and L platforms at 14th Street and 8th Avenue
  • The C and E platforms at 23rd Street and 8th Avenue


    Service will not be available in the tunnels.

    Despite adding one more place where you'll be trapped listening to someone else's phone calls, the move is being applauded be the Straphangers' Campaign as a plus for riders.

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