Plans for wireless service to NY’s 277 underground subway stations are slightly off track due to Hurricane Sandy. AM New York reports that 30 West Side and Midtown stations were supposed to be equipped with Wi-Fi as well as AT&T and T-Mobile cellular service by the end of the year. Due to the storm, most of those stations won’t come online until mid-February. The next 40 stations getting Wi-Fi will be along the 7, E, F, M and R trains, located in Midtown and in Queens along Main Street in Flushing. A 2014 roll out will include the Lower East Side and Harlem. The Bronx, the Upper East Side and parts of Brooklyn make up the fourth phase. The penultimate phase includes the Financial District and more of Brooklyn. The rest of Brooklyn and lower Manhattan will be wired in the final phase, scheduled for 2016.
No word on when–or if–tunnel service will be available. Bill Bayne, CEO of Transit Wireless, which is installing the system, told AMNY that, “everyone is interested in that over the midterm.”