Cell phone service expands in NYC subway stations today

Posted at 9:58 AM, Apr 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-25 16:09:07-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) — More subway stations are finally catching up to the digital revolution. Cell service is coming to dozens of stations in Manhattan and could result in more than just convenience.

The announcement comes at a time when concerns about terrorism are high in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings.  Thursday the MTA and executives from Transit Wireless, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile plan to announce the completion of wiring for WiFi and cell service in 30 stations in the city.

Related: List of subway stations receiving cell phone service in Manhattan

Most of the stations are on the West Side from 18th to 96th streets. Commuter Edgar Aguillar told PIX11: ” I think it’s good. Now if there is an emergency you could call your family or the police.”

He added: “If you see something you can communicate with the police at at any moment.”

The addition of service could certainly play into anti-terror campaigns such as “if you see something say something.” But at the same time cell phones have played a role in terror attacks.  They were used to detonate bombs in Madrid in 2004 and London in 2006.

Phase 2 of the program is set to come to Harlem next and then the Lower East Side.  That will be followed by the Bronx and the Upper East Side.