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

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.


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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12 Comments

1. BATTERY_LIVES_MATTER

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

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

5. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

9. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 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!

12. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

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

2. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Any mention if this will be free wi-fi?

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

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

6. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 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).

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Becoming watch dogs by the minute.

7. maxha97

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

It's old story to me in korea

8. Gorilla

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

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

11. finestgq1

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 11, 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?

10. hanabi

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 08, 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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