New York, NY - August 11, 2015 - Transit Wireless announced today that Verizon Wireless will participate in Phases 4 and 5 of the build-out of the Transit Wireless network that is bringing robust cellular and Wi-Fi service to underground Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) subway stations in New York City. All four of the major wireless carriers have been working with Transit Wireless on this massive project that will cover 279 underground stations with 6 million riders per day across the boroughs of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Verizon Wireless service is currently available in 63 stations covering two boroughs and it will connect the remaining stations in Phase 3 by the end of the summer.
“Verizon Wireless has been an essential partner of Transit Wireless’ throughout this project and we are thrilled to have their continued support through the balance of the build-out,” said William A. Bayne, Jr., CEO of Transit Wireless. “By extending 3G and 4G LTE coverage to its customers while they are in the MTA’s underground stations, Verizon Wireless is helping millions of New Yorkers and visitors gain connectivity for voice, data and E911 services during their commute.”
“The New York City market has a high concentration of customers who have embraced the mobile lifestyle and depend on their wireless service across the board in their daily business and activities,” said Kevin Zavaglia, New York-New Jersey Region President for Verizon Wireless. “Our work with Transit Wireless is just one example of our continued efforts to provide a best-in-class network experience for these customers wherever they live, work, and play—in the busy streets of New York City or underground in the subways.”
Phase 4 of the network build-out, which began construction in March, 2015, is connecting 37 Manhattan and Bronx stations, including 161st Street – Yankee Stadium (BD4), and 456 lines along Lexington Ave from 51st Street up into the Bronx, 125th Street (A,B,C,D). Phase 5, which is scheduled to start construction late this year, will comprise 37 Manhattan stations, mostly downtown, including major hubs at West 4th St. (A,B,C,D,E,F), Canal St. (J,M,N,Q,R,Z,6), Broadway-Lafayette/Bleecker St. (B,D,F,6), and Chambers St./Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall (J,M,Z,4,5,6).
Transit Wireless is scheduled to wire all 279 underground MTA stations by 2017.
About Transit Wireless
Transit Wireless has implemented a high quality, highly resilient network that enables secure private networks and public Wi-Fi. Transit Wireless was formed specifically to meet the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) requirement to provide a shared wireless infrastructure to enable commercial wireless services provided by AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon for New York City Transit customers within the underground subway stations and related opportunities.