Almost all underground subway stations in New York City will have cellular service on Monday, a year ahead of schedule, according to city and state officials.
Wi-Fi service has already been installed in these underground stations by the end of 2016, a full two years ahead of schedule.
Starting Monday, January 9, WiFi and Internet service will be available in all subway stations for users of any of the four major cell service carriers: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile.
The only exceptions are four stations undergoing renovations, including the South Ferry and 53rd Street stations in Manhattan and Prospect Ave and Bay Ridge stations in Brooklyn.
Transit has been a focus for Cuomo for the past year, for better or worse. The company has invested well over $300 million into this infrastructure project and is sharing revenues derived through the network's services with the MTA.
Alongside mobile phone benefit effectively dynamic inside many prepare stations, Transit Wireless Wi-Fi is as of now dynamic at 277 tram stations. Wireless service will come to stations under renovation as soon as the renovation is complete.
If you happen to be one of those New Yorkers who uses the mostly non-existent/sometimes crappy cellphone service and Wi-Fi inside train stations as a reason to ignore dreaded things like work emails, texts from an ex and the dreaded "showtime", your days of excuses are over.
The Governor calls this as another "important step" in the ongoing movement to "modernize the MTA".
"By bringing Wi-Fi and cell service underground ahead of schedule, we are reimagining our subway stations to meet the needs of the next generation", Cuomo said in a statement.
Mark Walker, Sprint regional vice president, Network said, "Providing wireless consumers with end-to-end network coverage while traveling through the city's underground subway stations every day is part of Sprint's commitment to our customers in NY".