We have the news that work is set to begin on a $200 million plan to bring a mobile phone and Wi-Fi service to New York’s subway stations. The news comes after a delay lasting almost three years, and is possible after the group responsible secured new financing for the project.
A story by Greg Bensinger and Amy Thomson of Bloomberg is stating that Broadcast Australia have taken a majority stake in the Transit Wireless LLC, that was originally awarded the contract for the work back in 2007. They have also promised New York City Transit around $46 million over the next ten years.
After the system is installed it will give New York subway users the service people in Berlin, Singapore and Tokyo have been using for years. The project stalled because Transit Wireless had financing difficulties during the recession.
The company has been given two years to fit out the six subterranean stations near 14th Street on Manhattan’s West Side so passengers can get mobile phone signals on the platform. The remaining 271 stations could take up to four years to finish. Most of the planning work has already been completed with work expected to start within two months.
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