New York City Will Provide Wi-Fi to 191 Above-Ground Subways at the Cost of Rider Privacy

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced that it will add Wi-Fi to all 191 above-ground stations and 21 train stations on Staten Island over the next 10 years, but the free internet connection will cost New Yorkers their privacy. .

MTA is working with Transit Wireless, a New York-based communications infrastructure company, which returns the bill for the $600 million project and will mine data from users who connect to the service.

The firm did not specify what data will be collected. DailyMail.com has contacted Transit Wireless for more information on this.

Transit Wireless, which describes itself as “one of the world’s largest data-driven captive audience platforms,” ​​has already rolled out Wi-Fi in 281 underground subways.

Although trading privacy for Wi-Fi is part of the deal, many New Yorkers are still happy to get the service – many criticize the MTA for waiting so long to provide them with access. and are frustrated that it will take another 10 years.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is working with Transit Wireless to provide Wi-Fi service to all 191 surface subway stations

The MTA and Transit Wireless were very vague in data mining, but also mentioned “monetization” as another source of revenue for the company.

This could mean that it will show specific advertisements for users connected to Metro Wi-Fi.

According to the New York Times, the MTA should get a share of the profits made by Transit Wireless.

Once the company recovers its $600 million, it will grant the MTA 20% over a six-year period, then increase it to 40% after 15 years from the start of service.

A Twitter user revealed that Wi-Fi has a cost for New Yorkers

A Twitter user revealed that Wi-Fi has a cost for New Yorkers

Some New Yorkers are thrilled to hear Wi-Fi is coming to all subway stations, noting they can't believe it's taken this long

Some New Yorkers are thrilled to hear Wi-Fi is coming to all subway stations, noting they can’t believe it’s taken this long

The MTA could see up to $400 million from this project.

Either way, many New Yorkers are happy to finally have Wi-Fi service in all subway stations.

One person tweeted following the announcement: ‘OMG…this is amazing. New York’s subway system still not wired for cell phone and Wi-Fi services? Do we still have to wait ten years?

NBC reporter Marcus Harun also took to Twitter to share his frustrations: “Why can I have 500 mph wifi in the sky (plane) but I can’t have it on earth (New York City Subway) in 2022?” I mean, I pay them a whopping $2.75.

NBC reporter Marcus Harun also took to Twitter to share his frustrations.  However, it will take another 10 years for Wi-Fi to be available.

NBC reporter Marcus Harun also took to Twitter to share his frustrations. However, it will take another 10 years for Wi-Fi to be available.

NYC Transit President Richard Davey said in a statement: ‘Having an uninterrupted network connection underground will reinvent the way New Yorkers travel by giving them the ability to enjoy every minute of their journey with cellular service and an internet connection, which can also ease the barriers faced by New Yorkers. visitors when trying to navigate the system.

“We look forward to using the improved connectivity to improve the service information we provide to customers.”

More than three million people ride the New York City subway every day and providing service has been a long-term project for officials.

The 10-year project will also cover all 21 Staten Island railroad stations.  This will ensure that all 418 miles of lane have cell service

The 10-year project will also cover all 21 Staten Island railroad stations. This will ensure that all 418 miles of lane have cell service

Transit Wireless was founded in 2005 and began building the infrastructure needed to provide cellular service across Manhattan.

The first phase of the venture was launched in 2013, which added service to 30 stations in Manhattan.

Transit Wireless is paying the $600 million to complete the project.  He didn't reveal which rows will be completed first, but runners will have access to them as each section is completed.

Transit Wireless is paying the $600 million to complete the project. He didn’t reveal which rows will be completed first, but runners will have access to them as each section is completed.

The second phase was rolled out in October 2014 and covered all of Queens and several other Manhattan stations, including Bryant Park, Herald Square and Grand Central Terminal.

Three years later, all 279 subway stations were served, and in 2020 the company established a connection with the L that connects Brooklyn to Manhattan – the system’s first tunnel to have full connectivity.

Now Transit Wireless is working on wiring the rest of the railroads. Ultimately, it will cost Transit Wireless $1 billion to provide service to all upper and underground stations.

MTA President of Construction and Development, Jamie Torres-Springer, said in a statement: ‘This latest technology advancement will coordinate with other work throughout the system to equip hundreds of miles of tunnels to enable a cellular service between stations and to meet MTA’s operational needs.

“We look forward to filling the remaining gaps in cellular coverage and data connectivity in our metro system.”

The addition of Wi-Fi and cellphone service in 2017 came when former Governor Andrew Cuomo announced improvements for the then century-old public transit system.

Cuomo said $29 billion was allocated to the plan, which also added digital countdown clocks, replacement subway cars and mobile charging stations on subway cars.

In the United States, in northern California, officials plan to provide Wi-Fi at all 50 stations by 2024 with the help of Bay Area Transit.

And in London, passengers at every station will also have access by the end of 2024.