Verizon Wireless subscribers living in New York City will now have more to do while they ride the subway. Transit Wireless announced today the 35 New York City subway stations are now covered by Big Red’s service, thus allowing its subscribers to make and receive calls, send and receive text messages as well as access the internet. The 35 stations cover west side of Manhattan, from 23rd St. to 96th St., covering locations such as Times Square, Lincoln Center, Rockefeller Center and Columbus Circle.
The addition of this service also brings a crucial security improvement. Transit Wireless network now allows subway riders to dial 911 in an emergency, through E911, dispatchers will automatically know that the call is being placed from an underground platform, which makes it easier for them to direct emergency personnel to the approximate location from where the call was initiated. William A. Bayne Jr., CEO of Transit Wireless, says that work on Phase Two of this project will begin, which will bring wireless service to 40 additional stations, covering locations including Grand Central Station in Manhattan as well as all underground platforms throughout Queens. The entire list of 35 New York City subway stations that now support Verizon Wireless has been published online.