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Buses With Wi-Fi, Charging Ports Arrive in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Cuomo Says

By Ben Fractenberg | April 19, 2017 8:25am
 Gov. Andrew Cuomo (far right) and then-MTA Chairman Tom Pendergast (second from right) tested out the new USB charger and Wi-Fi last year.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (far right) and then-MTA Chairman Tom Pendergast (second from right) tested out the new USB charger and Wi-Fi last year.
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MIDTOWN — Following a rollout on Queens and The Bronx, buses equipped with Wi-Fi and USB charging ports are now arriving in Manhattan and Brooklyn, officials said Tuesday.

The new buses will replace about 40 percent of the MTA’s current fleet in the city, with 86 new vehicles running in Brooklyn and 79 in Manhattan by the end of 2017, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.

"These new, state-of-the-art buses will improve the standard of service for countless commuters and will help ensure the continued viability and reliability of the MTA’s bus fleet for years to come," Cuomo said in a statement.

"In today’s ever-evolving world of technology, it is critical that we meet the demand for enhanced connectivity through a superior mass transit system — these buses are an important step forward in bringing the MTA into the 21st century."

The new buses were already running in parts of Queens and The Bronx.

There will be more than 2,040 Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles running through the system within five years, according to the governor’s office.

All express buses will also be retrofitted with Wi-Fi and USB ports by the end of year.