Wi-Fi May Soon Be Coming to a Tunnel Near You
Riding the subway is so boring when you can't use your phone. Internet and cell service may soon be offered in subway tunnels in the U.S.
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You are busy multitasking: you are making a phone call and getting your schedule set for the day, when you enter a tunnel on the subway and lose your signal from the station altogether. It’s certainly a frustrating experience. But it should soon be a thing of the past in the U.S., if BAI Canada’s recent efforts to install Wi-Fi in Toronto’s subway tunnels are any indication. So far, L.A.’s metro is leading the way for Internet access in subway tunnels.
The First Step: Wi-Fi in Subway Stations
It all began with Wi-Fi and cell service in NYC subway stations. Riders had to take a moment to log in while at the station platform, and while there was a slight annoyance factor there, it was better than nothing. When there was a train delay or you were simply stuck waiting, you could better pass the time and catch up with the endless amounts of email and messages to read, and add items to the day’s to-do list.
Internet Access in Subway Tunnels
Although NYC has far more traffic on their subway system than L.A. does, L.A. is ahead of the game: they are currently offering cell service and Internet access on select lines. The L.A. metro has been slowly rolling out cell service in tunnels, which is currently being offered on the Purple Line and all of downtown. Soon, they will be expanding cell service to all of the Red Line.
While there isn’t Wi-Fi access on all L.A. trains just yet, this move is still promising — it shows that there is an interest in Internet service on the trains, and that U.S. subway stations may be taking tunnel service more seriously in the near future. As for when Wi-Fi or cell service will become available on all NYC subway lines, that is still unknown. Hopefully we can look forward to this service within the next few years.