Subway Wi-Fi service expands to 37 more stations

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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