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Wireless Service Expands to 30 More Subway Stations Thursday

By Ben Fractenberg | April 23, 2013 8:24pm

NEW YORK CITY — Get ready for more people talking on their cellphones on the subway.

The MTA is expanding cell and Wi-Fi service to 30 more Manhattan stations starting Thursday, sources said. The agency has not announced which stations are slated to go online, but Transit Wireless, which is running the hot spots, previously said locations such as Times Square and Rockefeller Center would be included in the next phase of the expansion.

The MTA already has a pilot program bringing cell and Wi-Fi service to six stations, including some L platforms along 14th Street and the 23rd Street C/E station in Chelsea.

The agency is pushing to have all 277 stations online by 2016.

Transit Wireless invested about $200 million to build and maintain the system, working with Boingo, AT&T and T-Mobile to bring cell and Wi-Fi service.