NYC subway expands wireless service

New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority beefs up wireless network to 36 stations.

Boingo is offering free Wi-Fi in NYC subways stations. Brian Bennett/CNET

In a press conference held today in New York's Times Square subway, the MTA announced that 36 train stations now can access wireless data. This newest update is the latest installment in the organization's project to bring wireless networking to the complete transit system. The actual wireless hardware, however, is supplied by Transit Wireless, a subsidiary of Broadcast Australia.

AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon brass were on hand at today's MTA event. Brian Bennett/CNET

Partnering with cellular carriers T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon, plus Wi-Fi company Boingo, the MTA expects to equip its remaining 241 underground locations within four years. In fact Boingo has combed forces with HTC to provide free Wi-Fi to people who sign onto their network with the sponsored SSID name of FreeWifibyHTCONE. This is surely an effort to pump up awareness of the HTC One smartphone and counter all the PR hype of the new Samsung Galaxy S4.

Look for this sign at Wi-Fi equipped stations. Brian Bennett/CNET

For a complete list of subway stations where wireless access is currently available, the government agency has created a handy Web site. You can also check out this cheat sheet contained in today's press release.

123 Street - 8 Ave.CE
214 Street - 8 Ave.ACE
314 Street - 7 Ave.123
414 Street - 6 Ave.FM
514 Street - 8 Ave.L
614 Street - 6 Ave.L
796 StreetBC
886 StreetBC
928 Street1
1018 Street1
1181 Street-Museum of Natural HistoryBC
1272 StreetBC
1379 Street1
1423 Street1
1596 Street123
1666 Street-Lincoln Center1
1772 Street123
1857 StreetF
1947-50 Streets-Rockefeller CenterBDFM
2057 Street-7 Ave.NQR
2128 StreetNR
2250 Street1
2350 StreetCE
2423 StreetNR
2549 StreetNR
265 Ave.-53 StreetEM
2759 Street-Columbus Circle1
2859 St-Columbus CircleABCD
297 Ave.BDE
30Times Square-42 Street123
31Times Square-42 StreetNQR
32Times Square-42 Street7
33Times Square-42 StreetACE
34Times Square-42 StreetS
355 Ave.-59 StreetNR
3686 Street1
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