News from BWCS

New Mobile Coverage for New York City Subway

Fri 4 Sep 2020

Another significant chunk of the New York City Subway system has now got cellular coverage. Yesterday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City and NY-based company Transit Wireless announced that a full cellular and data service would now be available to AT&T customers travelling on the L Line under the City’s East River.

According to the Governor’s Office “The L Line will be the first under-river tunnel to benefit from full cellular connectivity.” Officials were quick to point out that thanks to the terms of the deal with Transit Wireless and AT&T, the new system has been installed at “zero cost” to the MTA. In fact, the public body will receive revenue form the project.

Transit Wireless, part of BAI Communications, is the company that installed and operates the public WiFi systems at all NYC underground subway stations.

The new L Line network adds to the area of the NYC Subway system covered by mobile connectivity. In conjunction with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon the MTA has rolled out coverage for Metro-North customers in Grand Central, the Grand Central train shed, and the Park Avenue Tunnel that extends from Grand Central to E 97 St.

Meanwhile, working with Boingo, the MTA is rolling out broadband connectivity in the Long Island Rail Road’s tunnels under Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, and the tunnels the LIRR will use to access Grand Central Terminal when East Side Access opens in 2022.

In addition, The MTA maintains broadband cell connectivity in the Queens-Midtown Tunnel and the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel in conjunction with a consortium of cell carriers.

There are still a very few “very low price” places left for this year’s BWCS WiFi on Trains Conference on the 27th and 28th of October – reserve here – it’s the same price to attend online or in person

The 2020 BWCS TrainComms Conference, which will cover trackside networks, the growing market for passenger WiFi and on-board entertainment, will now take place on the 27th and 28th of October and will be fully available online – for more information on how to participate in this event, and on the Special Offer please see or contact .

The 2020 conference ( ) is sponsored by Icomera, Nomad Digital, Fluidmesh, RADWIN and Xentrans.