Wi-Fi, cell service: Big changes coming to NYC subway

AP News
Posted: Jan 08, 2016 1:14 PM
Wi-Fi, cell service: Big changes coming to NYC subway

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York City subway riders will soon have Wi-Fi and cellphone service as part of a plan to upgrade the century-old transit system.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo detailed the improvements Friday, saying the five-year, $29 billion plan will restore New York's legacy of building big for future generations.

The plan includes subway countdown clocks, replacement subway cars and mobile charging stations on subway cars. Thirty stations will be completely overhauled.

Many of the changes had previously been announced, but Cuomo announced Friday that they will be expedited, with Wi-Fi available by year's end.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority also plans to replace transit buses and complete bridge and tunnel repairs.

While the plan isn't as big as transportation advocates wanted, Cuomo says it's a vital investment in the city's future.