MTA and Transit Wireless Officials Launch Cellphone/Wireless Service in Underground NYC Subway Stations

MTA officials join executives from Transit Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile in a media briefing and demonstration of the first-ever wireless voice and data service from an underground New York City subway station. Wireless service goes live September 27 in six underground stations in Chelsea. Media with AT&T or T-Mobile service can make cell phone calls and send and receive tweets and other wireless data, including video images. AT&T and T-Mobile staff will lend media and the general public devices to test the system and even file reports, including video, wirelessly.

Under license agreement with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Transit Wireless has installed wireless voice and data communication capability for AT&T and T-Mobile customers in six stations as part of an initial pilot program, 10 months ahead of schedule. The system's E911 capability also will lead to increased safety.

Other cell phone carriers are expected to participate soon.