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All 277 New York City subway stations to offer Wi-Fi connectivity by the end of the year

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All 277 New York City subway stations to offer Wi-Fi connectivity by the end of the year
By the end of this year, all New York City subway stations will have Wi-Fi access. The announcement was made yesterday by New York governor Andrew Cuomo. The subway system is becoming more in touch with today's technology. Another initiative will allow those using mobile payment services like Apple Pay, Android Pay or Samsung Pay to use their phone to pay for tokens. This will be ready to roll by 2018.

The MTA is also planning on adding USB ports to stations, buses and subway trains to allow New Yorkers to charge up their mobile devices while on the go. 200 subway cars will have a USB port added this year, with another 400 coming in 2017. 1500 buses will offer Wi-Fi and USB ports by 2018.

"The MTA is absolutely vital to the daily functioning of New York City, but for too long it has failed to meet the region’s growing size and strength. This is about doing more than just repair and maintain – this is thinking bigger and better and building the 21st century transit system New Yorkers deserve. We are modernizing the MTA like never before and improving it for years to come."-Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York

Currently, 140 subway stations are hooked up to cellular and Wi-Fi signals. All 277 will have Wi-Fi connectivity by the end of 2016. All  subway stations will have cellular service by early 2017.

source: MTA via Engadget

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posted on 09 Jan 2016, 14:29 3

1. BATTERY_LIVES_MATTER (Posts: 100; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Great news! At least for those who actually desire to be in that cesspool that some consider a city.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 18:59 1

5. techperson211 (Posts: 1178; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


A lot of people are hungry in the states yet they prioritize this free wifi. Just like NASA, investing billions of dollars, just to find another planet that we can't go.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 22:40

9. GreenMan (limited) (Posts: 1016; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@Techperson221 +1 on The NASA!

I think NASA is for 'BRAGGING RIGHT' purposes only.

In American accent: "Yeah, I got to the damn moon earlier than those Ru$k!e$"

Now, whether they actually reached moon is another debate for another time...

G'Day!

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 12:28

12. xfire99 (Posts: 798; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


Finding another living planet, might save the human species 1 day. When Earth become uninhabitable and a new place to start all over.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 15:13 1

2. Subie (Posts: 539; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Any mention if this will be free wi-fi?

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 16:52 1

4. zeeBomb (Posts: 1849; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Yep. Completely free gigabit Wi-Fi. Me want.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 19:37

6. JC557 (Posts: 1321; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


It's completely free, you just view an ad (though even then it's not all the time when signing in). In a lot of the stations I've used the wifi in it's actually quite fast and reliable.

With the promise of it being by the end of the year... they said the same thing last year and hit a snag. So far some major lines are still without any kind of service, be it cellular or wifi (L train, parts of the A/C lines and there are total dead zones along the B/Q lines in Brooklyn).

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 16:51

3. zeeBomb (Posts: 1849; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Becoming watch dogs by the minute.

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 20:45

7. maxha97 (Posts: 93; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


It's old story to me in korea

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 22:19

8. Gorilla (Posts: 39; Member since: 25 Jul 2015)


I live in New York, and really, having WiFi on the subway is seriously convenient

posted on 10 Jan 2016, 10:23

11. finestgq1 (Posts: 22; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Is nice to have WiFi in subways. BUT, those idiots needs to update or fix those transit delays, signals problems and none running on weekends. Am I right or am I right?

posted on 09 Jan 2016, 23:50 1

10. hanabi (Posts: 177; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)


Went to korea like 5 years ago, wifi in subway, bus, bus stations and hell, benches at bus station had heating system on winter

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