Cell Phone Service Coming to Subway Platforms

09/23/2011 10:42 AM |

I just wanted to tell you in my loudest voice possible that Im not doing anything
  • “I just wanted to tell you in my loudest voice possible that I’m not doing anything”

On Tuesday, some cell phone users will get service on four subway platforms on the west side of Manhattan, the Times reports. AT&T and T-Mobile users waiting for C or E trains at 23rd Street or the A, C, E or L at 14th Street; for the 1, 2 or 3 at 14th Street; or the the F, M and L at 14th Street will be able to text and yak away. FML indeed. The privilege will cut off once a train enters a tunnel. It’s a pilot program that the MTA hopes to extend if it’s a success. It seems odd the MTA would be spending money [SEE CORRECTION] on this at all since no decent person ever has thought, “gee, I wish people had cell phone service on subway platforms.” And, you know, there are other things on which the MTA could spend money.

CORRECTION: Cell phone service is coming at no cost to the MTA. A private company, Transit Wireless, is paying almost $47 million over 10 years to develop, control, and maintain service.