FILE - NYC Subway (AP Photo/Verena Dobnik)
The MTA is announcing the expansion of subway Wi-Fi service to 21 underground stations in the Bronx and 16 additional Manhattan stations.
Officials with the MTA and technology company Transit Wireless announced the expanded service at the 161st Street-Yankee Stadium station on Thursday. It's one of the stations that now have Wi-Fi.
Phase 4 of the cellular and Wi-Fi network build-out includes major MTA hubs such as Lexington Av-53rd St, Lexington Av-59th St, 149th St-Grand Concourse, and 125th St.
Phases 1 through 4 of the network build-out have brought underground connectivity to 70 million MTA riders monthly in Manhattan, Queens, and now the Bronx.
Wi-Fi and cellphone service were already available at dozens of stations, mainly in Manhattan. Service is scheduled to be available in all underground stations by 2017, which is a year ahead of schedule.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that access to high-speed Internet has become a necessity and New Yorkers "cannot afford to be blacked out while trying to get from point A to point B."
With the Associated Press