COURT SQUARE — There are now more places to get online underground.
Officials announced the launch of wireless and Wi-Fi service at 40 additional subway stations Thursday — 11 in Manhattan and 29 in Queens — in the second phase of an ongoing effort to connect all 277 of the city's underground stations by 2017.
The newly connected stations include the 34th Street-Herald Square, 42nd Street-Bryant Park and Grand Central stations in Manhattan, as well as busy stations in Queens like Court Square and Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Avenue, among others.
"This is what's expected today. It's no longer that you get in the subway, and when you get out of the subway then you’ll call somebody or you’ll connect with them," Bill Wheeler, the MTA's head of planning, said at Thursday's announcement.
"Now it’s just expected that there’s going to be regular communication, and that stations are a big part of that," he said.
Transit Wireless, the company handling the seven-phase project, has already begun work on the third phase, which is expected to connect 39 more stations by the spring of 2015.
That phase will wire stations in Lower Manhattan, West Harlem and Washington Heights, as well as the Flushing-Main Street Station in Queens, according to a press release.