N.Y. Expands Subway Cell Service

NEW YORK (AP) -

Cellphone service and free Wi-Fi have arrived at another 30 New York City subway stations, officials announced Thursday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced the expansion of a program that started with six stations in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood in 2011.

“It’s a big deal for the millions of MTA customers who pass through these stations every single day,” said Thomas Prendergast, the agency’s interim executive director. “It means you can check your email … or do just about anything you do upstairs while you’re waiting for a train.”

Prendergast said rider safety will be enhanced because “help is just a 911 call away.”

All 277 underground stations should have service by 2017. But there are no plans for service on the moving trains.