Q&A: Do You Support Cell Phone Services in the Subway?

By Susan Tan
Susan Tan
Susan Tan
August 26, 2010 Updated: September 27, 2010

call somebody. I might be calling dad for help, [for example].”] Jessica Thomas, 19, graphic designer, New Jersey&#8212I would feel it's a good idea just in case anything might happen. The train might happen to have an accident. When people can't escape from the train, they can [then] call somebody. I might be calling dad for help, [for example].NEW YORK—The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has initiated plans to offer cell phone service in the subway system, although the perk may be a few years away. The MTA is currently testing service at stations along the 14th St. subway line and expects to get the entire system wired by 2014.

Richard Wallner, 46, call center employee, Brooklyn&#8212Why not? I mean people should be allowed to use cell phone in the subway system.
Richard Wallner, 46, call center employee, Brooklyn&#8212Why not? I mean people should be allowed to use cell phone in the subway system.
While this may be great for emergency calls or to let your colleagues know that you are running late, would anyone want to be subjected to constant cell phone chatter while riding the train? The Epoch Times asked: "Do you want cell service on the subway?"

(All photos: The Epoch Times) in some kind of an emergency. I would love to have the option to be able to use it when I need it.”] Judy, 65, retired, North Dakota&#8212I would be for it&#8212to be able to use cell phone in the subway system&#8212because there might be a time that you need to use it, [like] in some kind of an emergency. I would love to have the option to be able to use it when I need it. a higher decibel level than [during] normal conversation. So the babble is going to drive people crazy.”] Norm, 60, doctor, North Dakota&#8212Once people start talking on the cell phone ... the noise is substantial. ... People who are speaking on the phone [have] a higher decibel level than [during] normal conversation. So the babble is going to drive people crazy.

Josette Teneus, 37, professor, Boston&#8212Cell phone service in the subway system distracts other clients and other customers. It can be really annoying, because one has to hear what your personal problem and business transactions are. It's just not a courtesy to other travelers.
Josette Teneus, 37, professor, Boston&#8212Cell phone service in the subway system distracts other clients and other customers. It can be really annoying, because one has to hear what your personal problem and business transactions are. It's just not a courtesy to other travelers.
Mohand Ait Amara, 29, student, New Jersey&#8212I'm busy studying and working. I don't think I have time to use the cell phone on the subway.
Mohand Ait Amara, 29, student, New Jersey&#8212I'm busy studying and working. I don't think I have time to use the cell phone on the subway.
Tim Georgijanidze, 33, construction worker, Queens&#8212I support subway system. I think it's not a bad idea, just in case an emergency happens. There might be a time when you need it.
Tim Georgijanidze, 33, construction worker, Queens&#8212I support subway system. I think it's not a bad idea, just in case an emergency happens. There might be a time when you need it.

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