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New York MTA begins wireless service at six subway stations


Earlier this week, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced the launch of wireless voice and data communication service in six subway stations to enable MTA New York City Transit subway riders to make and receive cell phone calls, tweets and emails.

The wireless service is available 10 months ahead of schedule, MTA officials said in a prepared statement. Service provider Transit Wireless anticipates the system’s remaining 271 underground stations will receive service within four years. Design work has begun on the next 30 stations west of Manhattan, including those at Times Square, Herald Square and Columbus Circle, which are scheduled to go online in the next 12 months, MTA officials said.

“Bringing wireless service into our subway system is the latest milestone of the MTA’s effort to use technology to improve the service we provide for our customers,” said MTA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jay Walder.

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