Good news New Yorkers. By the end of the year, all New York City subway stations will have Wi-Fi access. The announcement was made by New York governor Andrew Cuomo. This means that the subway system is becoming more in touch with today’s technology. The subway system will soon have a lot more to offer.
And that is not the only upgrade the subway systems are getting. Another initiative will allow those using mobile payment services like Apple Pay, Android Pay or Samsung Pay to use their phone to pay for tokens. This initiative will be ready by 2018.
If that isn’t enough, the MTA is also planning on adding USB ports to stations, buses and subway trains to let New Yorkers charge up their devices while on the move. 200 subway cars will have a USB port added this year, with another 400 coming in 2017. 1500 buses will offer Wi-Fi and USB ports by 2018. That’s not bad at all considering the work involved.
“The MTA is absolutely vital to the daily functioning of New York City, but for too long it has failed to meet the region’s growing size and strength. This is about doing more than just repair and maintain – this is thinking bigger and better and building the 21st century transit system New Yorkers deserve. We are modernizing the MTA like never before and improving it for years to come.” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
Right now, 140 subway stations are connected to cellular and Wi-Fi signals. All 277 will have Wi-Fi by the end of 2016. Then all subway stations will have cellular service by early 2017. Great move New York. Subway riders will love these changes.
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