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MTA wireless project inches forward

As Transportation Nation reports, wireless service is coming to New York’s subways, but progress is slow. The long-delayed project is scheduled for completion in four years, with three Manhattan stations to be wired within six months. Transit Wireless will charge telecom companies for use of the wireless signal and share those revenues with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NY), which expects to earn at least $30 million over 10 years from the deal. Of course, money isn’t everything, and the MTA’s stated goals are improved safety and communications. “We send out real-time email, text message and Twitter alerts to our customers in the event of an emergency or other service disruption,” said spokesman Aaron Donovan. “Having cell service in our underground platforms expands the reach and usefulness of those alerts.” Link to full story in Transportation Nation.

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