Verizon announced today that it has finalized an agreement with Transit Wireless to bring its 3G and 4G LTE wireless data and voice service to subway stations in New York City. Transit Wireless runs a network between 36 subway stops in Chelsea and midtown Manhattan. Boingo provides the Wi-Fi component and both AT&T and T-Mobile are already on this network. Over the next several weeks Verizon will begin to install their wireless equipment. The carrier says that its customers can expect to receive service in these 36 stations later this year.
After the initial roll out of Verizon’s service is completed, it will work with Transit Wireless on Phase 2 of the project. Phase 2 includes 40 new stations, including but not limited to Grand Central, Bryant Park, 34th St. Herald Square as well as several stops in the Borough of Queens. It is expected that Phase 2 of this project will be completed early next year. William A. Bayne Jr., CEO of Transit Wireless, says that they are “extremely pleased” to gain Verizon’s participation in their wireless network. All four major U.S. carriers are now on-board Transit’s network. Sprint is also believed to be gearing up to join the network.