Wi-Fi Coming to Queens, Midtown Subway Stations

By Catherine Yang, Epoch Times
February 21, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Transit Wireless is bringing Wi-Fi and cell service to 40 subway stations in Queens and Midtown Manhattan, including Grand Central Terminal, 34th Street Herald Square, and Bryant Park.

The company announced their Phase Two rollout Wednesday, expected to be complete June 2014.

Service is already available in 36 stations, which serviced 2.6 million connections in 2013. The Wi-Fi network is powered by Boingo Wireless and processed more than 60 terabytes of data last year. That’s more than the Hubble Space telescope has collected in two decades, the company says.

The average user was tapped into the wireless network for an average of nine minutes each, but the connectivity serves a public safety purpose as well.

“Providing cell phone and data connectivity to our Queens customers is the latest step in keeping everyone connected and bringing a new level of security with the ability to dial 911 in an emergency,” said MTA CEO Tom Prendergast in a statement.

Transit Wireless is building a new, secure Base Station Hotel in Queens for the wireless carriers’ equipment and is working on the underground fiber network through Queens as well.