MTA partners with Boingo Wireless to expand wireless connectivity within MTA’s Grand Central Madison and LIRR stations

Dec. 7, 2023
The new wireless networks cover more than 18 miles of tunnels and are designed to make travel and commuting easier, faster and more convenient.

In partnership with Boingo Wireless, The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) Grand Central Madison (GCM) station and Long Island Rail Road’s (LIRR) Atlantic Branch stations and tunnels will now be equipped with wireless connectivity. 5G and Wi-Fi 6 is now available at GCM while cell connectivity is now available for AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon subscribers at Atlantic Terminal, Jamaica Station and in the LIRR tunnels connecting the two stations. The new wireless networks on LIRR’s Atlantic Branch cover more than 18 miles of tunnels and are designed to make travel and commuting easier, faster and more convenient. Riders will be able to access their mobile tickets and the TrainTime app for up-to-the-minute information on train schedules and platform changes through the use of the new networks. Riders can also stay connected to work and enjoy streaming entertainment while in transit. 

The LIRR extension, through Queens to Grand Central Madison, features Boingo connectivity along 10 miles of tunnels, including two tunnels under the East River. The entire GCM network encompasses 3 million square feet, with Boingo deploying more than 100 miles of cable and hundreds of wireless access points across the terminal, platforms and tunnels to bring connectivity to riders and MTA operations. 

“Fast, secure connectivity is essential to New York’s transportation systems and the MTA, LIRR and Boingo have been hard at work modernizing these systems with next generation communications infrastructure,” said Boingo CEO Mike Finley. “Boingo is uniquely equipped as a neutral network provider that brings all Tier One cell carriers together to provide a seamless and enjoyable connected public transportation experience. Boingo’s network completion for the Atlantic Branch marks an incredible feat of engineering to deliver wireless coverage throughout miles and miles of complex tunnel and platform environments. Our team is proud to connect New York and do our part in satisfying wireless demands for an enhanced rider journey.” 

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Eman Abu-Khaled | Associate Editor

Eman Abu-Khaled is a recent graduate of Kent State University with a bachelors in journalism. She works through Endeavor Business Media with Mass Transit as an associate editor. Abu-Khaled brings a fresh perspective to the visual side of journalism with an interest in video and photography work.