Wirless becoming reality for NY rails
The MTA is moving forward on a long-anticipated proposal to provide wireless Internet service on trains and stations served by Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road.
Last week, the agency requested information from wireless companies to determine how much the service will cost and how long it will take to cover the 2,200 cars and 230 stations.
Last month, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) blasted the MTA for not moving on the technology, saying the agency was slow to adapt.
We had [the proposal] in the works prior to the Schumer announcement, MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said.According to the information request, the network will also allow for electronic ticketing.
The MTA will determine a timeline for rolling out the program after the initial request ends in September, Donovan said.