NEW YORK (WPIX)—It looks like straphangers may get to chat on their cell phones after all.
Underground subway stations are slated to be wired for cellular and Wi-Fi service by 2014 and officials say signals won't stop at platform edges. Instead, service will extend from station to station where stops are close enough to each other and the tunnels are wide enough..
The Metropolitan Transportation authority teamed up with Transit Wireless in 2007 to get stations equipped with cellular and Wi-Fi service. However, the digital corporation was reportedly unable to launch the project until last week because of financial problems.
Under the agreement, Transit Wireless has two years to gear up six stations to test the technology. The company then has four more years to wire up the rest of the city's 277 underground stations.
However, those looking to chat on their cell phones will riding the subway will only be able to if their telephone companies reach an agreement with Transit Wireless.
The Big Apple isn't the only place to permit cell phone service to commuters. It's already available in many part of the Washington, D.C. Metrorail, however only for Verizon Wireless and Spring phones.
In addition, Boston recently completed the installation of cell phone service along 11 miles of the Metro.