Good news for subway commuters in New York: you’ll soon be able to make phone calls and connect to the Internet at more stations. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Transit Wireless have deployed wireless and Wi-Fi networks in another 40 underground stations, including 11 new Manhattan stations and 29 stations in Queens, bringing the total to 76. The newly connected stations include major hubs such as the Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Avenue Station, Jamaica Center Station, Court Square Station, 42 Street Bryant Park Station, 34 Street Herald Square Station, and Grand Central 42 Street Station.
For the most part, New York City’s underground transportation system is solid and reliable. It gets locals from point A to point B with ease, and that’s the only thing which should matter — never mind the strange things that occasionally transpire while commuting. Having said this, a large number of subway stations still lack any sort of network coverage, making it nearly impossible for people to do basic tasks on their mobile devices, like getting on a phone call or browsing the web. Thankfully, it’s about to get better for residents of The Big Apple, plus the more than 50 million people who visit the city every year. Earlier today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said wireless connectivity is now available at 40 additional underground platforms, including 11 in Manhattan and 29 in Queens.
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