While Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) riders have had cell phone coverage–both for talk and data–for a while now crossing the tunnel from the East Bay into San Francisco, it seems that Manhattanites are finally going to get their gab on in the subways. MTA city transit officials had agreed to a deal with Transit Wireless to bring cellular reception underground three years ago and now the company is finally getting serious about its plans to bring voice and mobile data access to New York subways. Transit Wireless will have two years to install the tech in six test stations and another 8 years to completely connect all 277 subway stations. For the city that never stops, talking will now never cease, at least in the noisy comforts of passing trains. Of course, with the convenience of calling the above-ground world, you’ll also have to deal with “Can you hear me now” if reception cuts out suddenly.
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