NYC Subway Gains Cellular, Wi-Fi Service Ahead of Schedule

At the beginning of 2016, when work began on the project to install cellular and wireless connectivity throughout the New York City subway system, the project was expected to take at least three years. Instead, both systems were ready as of January 9, 2017, nearly two full years ahead of the scheduled completion date in 2018. The Governor’s office announced the early completion this week, much to the pleased surprise of transit riders.

 

Cellular service was scheduled to be installed by the beginning of 2018, and Wi-Fi service had an anticipated completion date at the end of 2018. However, the state’s partnership with Transit Wireless has been incredibly fruitful so far. The company has already installed over $300 million in network infrastructure in the subway system. As part of the same goal to completely upgrade the subway system, Transit Wireless has worked with the city to install the 3,000 new Help Point emergency intercoms throughout subway transit stations.

 

Governor Cuomo pushed for an accelerated completion date on subway connectivity, and his insistence appears to have paid off. “As of Monday our customers can text or call from our underground stations staying in touch with their families, keeping up with work, and staying connected,” noted city transit president, Veronique Hakim.

 

Underground communication and connectivity have been among the largest concerns of transit customers. The newly installed infrastructure, supported by all four major cellular networks, is a major upgrade for the city transit system and demonstrates New York’s ability to raise the bar in both safety and convenience for those who live there.

 

 

 

NYC Subway Gains Cellular, Wi-Fi Service Ahead of Schedule

At the beginning of 2016, when work began on the project to install cellular and wireless connectivity throughout the New York City subway system, the project was expected to take at least three years. Instead, both systems were ready as of January 9, 2017, nearly two full years ahead of the scheduled completion date in 2018. The Governor’s office announced the early completion this week, much to the pleased surprise of transit riders.

 

Cellular service was scheduled to be installed by the beginning of 2018, and Wi-Fi service had an anticipated completion date at the end of 2018. However, the state’s partnership with Transit Wireless has been incredibly fruitful so far. The company has already installed over $300 million in network infrastructure in the subway system. As part of the same goal to completely upgrade the subway system, Transit Wireless has worked with the city to install the 3,000 new Help Point emergency intercoms throughout subway transit stations.

 

Governor Cuomo pushed for an accelerated completion date on subway connectivity, and his insistence appears to have paid off. “As of Monday our customers can text or call from our underground stations staying in touch with their families, keeping up with work, and staying connected,” noted city transit president, Veronique Hakim.

 

Underground communication and connectivity have been among the largest concerns of transit customers. The newly installed infrastructure, supported by all four major cellular networks, is a major upgrade for the city transit system and demonstrates New York’s ability to raise the bar in both safety and convenience for those who live there.

Wi-Fi And Cellular Service Now Available On New York City Subway

Andrew M. Cuomo is pleased to announce that the New York City subway now has cellular service and Wi-Fi. Both projects were completed ahead of time. The governor stated that the projects were originally set to be completed in 2018, but he pushed for them to be completed earlier. Thomas F. Pendergast is the CEO of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, or MTA. He stated that connectivity is important to most people who ride the transit. Keep in mind that it is free to use the Wi-Fi service.

 

Thomas also stated that they had to offer this service in order to make things better for people who ride the busiest transportation network in the United States. These projects cost over $300 million to implement, but it did not cost the taxpayers anything. The MTA will generate revenue from the wireless carriers. A portion of what the carriers make will be given to the MTA.

 

The majority of the underground stations had Wi-Fi and cellular service before the end of 2016. The rest of the stations had these services by January 9, 2017. William A. Bayne is the CEO of the Transit Wireless. He has stated that it is exciting to see this modern technology because the New York City subway system is over 100-years-old. He also stated that he is honored to be a part of this accomplishment.

 

People are encouraged to leave feedback about their experience. They will use the feedback that they get to improve the service that customers get.

 

New York’s Unique Way Of Healing

The news has highlighted all the protests and riots following Donald Trumps victory Tuesday night, but one place in New York City offers a unique and special way for those who feel lost and emotional to find support and like minds. A special subway tunnel between two Manhattan stations has become what is known as Subway Therapy. Check out a video here.

The tunnel connects 14th Street stations at Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue and is covered in pastel covered notes full of flowing emotion. Strangers have lined the walls with words of support, love, fear, hope, and even anger. One stranger to another, impersonal in an anonymous way, but personal in feelings.

There are no rules, anyone is allowed to post. The project is the brain child of an artist known as Levee. He felt people needed a place to let out their thoughts and feelings, to vent and be heard after the surprising loss by Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton. More than 80% of New York voters backed Clinton, and they were surprised and shaken when Trump took the election night in an overwhelming sweep of electoral votes. Levee arrived at the subway tunnel Wednesday morning with an open mind, some pens, and some sticky notes. He simply wrote “Express yourself” on the wall and by the end of the day thousands of people had done just that.

Some find it therapeutic to find like-minded people in their world, while others push for hope in the future. Messages like “keep your head high” and “it’s an honor to be in this struggle with you” show the city pulling together in the wake of a loss. Along with a majority of messages that show the heart-broken emotions of people, Levee did find some messages that support Trump. He has decided to leave all the messages on the wall, even some he considers negative and hateful. Some people requested he remove one that had Trump’s campaign slogan, but again, Levee declined.

The wall isn’t about a one-sided or filtered view. It’s simply about people saying how they feel. It has to be respected in order to further the message that everyone should be allowed to speak and express their feelings without repercussion.

Most messages convey a positive tone of working together and moving forward.

 

Man With Magical Voice In New York Subway

A man with what can only be called a golden voice has taken the internet by storm. A video of Mike Yung singing the classic “Unchained Melody” in the subway of New York City has gone viral.

Mike Yung, who’s Twitter account is fairly new, posted a thanks to all those who have complimented his magical pipes. Many accounts shared the video of his amazing rendition of the song and nearly all of them garnered hundreds of thousands of likes and shares. Comments flooded in complimenting his immense talent quickly, and people even began requesting he sing more classics like songs by Luther Vandross. Some even called for him to receive a contract with a record label.

People noted his immense talent as his voice reached over the rumble of subway trains and crowds of people passing through. He stirred up emotions in people with the words of this powerful song, some even commented that he sang as if he just went through the hardest breakup of his life. As hard as it is to imagine with all the praise flying his direction, true to New Yorkers who simply go on with their lives, some just simply walked right past Yung as he sang his heart out.

Yung makes his living singing in the subway. From morning till night he belts out the classics in an underground world. Those who travel through the station at 23rd and Sixth Avenue are familiar with his presents, though until recently many didn’t know his name. Years before he found fame in a viral video, Yung was signed to a music label under Teddy Vann. He met the music mogul when he was only 15 and he quickly got Yung signed to a label. He followed that a few years later with a contract under Jim Tyrell under T-Electric who also signed Etta James and Love Committee. Yung was set to have an album released after Etta James’ “Changes” in 1980 but the record never made it to shelves. Tyrell went bankrupt and was never able to get the album out for sale.

The life-long New York had a brief sting working for the Parks and Recreation Department, but the majority of the past two decades he has spent making his living doing what he loves and is best at, singing. He has sung with a few local bands, and he sings in the subway everyday to pay his bills.

Some would assume Yung would be brimming with excitement as his video takes the internet by storm and even makes appearances on late night TV, but Yung isn’t running to the bank just yet. Back in October he had another video go viral and he received calls, he even got a few shows out of it, but no cash came his way.