Cuomo: Subway cellphone coverage installed a year early

New Yorkers will now be able to call or text from most of the MTA's underground subway stations

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that cell phone service and Wi-Fi will be available across almost all underground stations by Monday in response to his directive at the beginning of 2016 to accelerate the project.

The company was formed to meet the MTA's requirement to develop a shared wireless infrastructure within 279 underground stations of the New York City subway to provide commercial services for AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless customers.

At the beginning of 2016, Cuomo promised we'd have full Wi-Fi by the end of the year and that cell coverage would come some time in 2017. In fact, according to the press release, the company has invested over $300 million into the project at "no cost to taxpayers or subway riders".

The underground WiFi and Internet service is available one year ahead of schedule. In addition, Transit Wireless is sharing revenues of the service with the MTA.

Alongside mobile phone benefit effectively dynamic inside many prepare stations, Transit Wireless Wi-Fi is as of now dynamic at 277 tram stations.

Almost every underground station has been connected, according to the governor's office, with the final station - Clark Street on the 2, 3 line in Brooklyn - going live on January 9. Four stations either undergoing or about to undergo rehabilitation work will have to wait until those projects are complete before they're connected: the South Ferry, Prospect Ave., 53rd Street and Bay Ridge stations.

The Governor calls this as another "important step" in the ongoing movement to "modernize the MTA". According to today's release, the completion of the project came two years ahead of schedule.

But in the year 2017, it's something the city of NY has been waiting quite a while for.