New York to bring Wi-Fi to all 191 skytrains at the expense of passenger privacy

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced that it will add Wi-Fi to all 191 elevated stations and 21 Staten Island rail stations over the next 10 years, but free internet connectivity will cost New Yorkers their privacy.

The MTA is working with Transit Wireless, a New York-based communications infrastructure company that is turning over the bill for a $600 million project and will collect data from users who connect to the service.

The firm did not specify what data would be collected. DailyMail.com contacted Transit Wireless for more information on this matter.

Transit Wireless, which describes itself as “one of the largest data-driven audience capture platforms,” ​​has already launched Wi-Fi in 281 subways.

While trading privacy for Wi-Fi is part of the deal, many New Yorkers are still thrilled to get the service — many criticize the MTA for waiting until it has to grant them access and frustrated that it will take another 10 years.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is working with Transit Wireless to provide Wi-Fi service to 191 elevated metro stations.

MTA and Transit Wireless are very vague about data mining, but have also mentioned “monetization” as another source of revenue for the firm.

This may mean that it will play certain ads for users connected to metro Wi-Fi.

According to The New York Times, the MTA will receive a share of Transit Wireless’ profits.

Once the company returns its $600 million, it will provide the MTA with 20 percent over a six-year period, and then increase it to 40 percent after 15 years of service.

One Twitter user reported that Wi-Fi is expensive for New Yorkers.

One Twitter user reported that Wi-Fi is expensive for New Yorkers.

Some New Yorkers are excited about Wi-Fi coming to all subway stations, saying they can't believe it took so long.

Some New Yorkers are excited about Wi-Fi coming to all subway stations, saying they can’t believe it took so long.

The MTA could receive up to $400 million from this project.

However, many New Yorkers are happy that Wi-Fi is finally available in all subway stations.

One person tweeted after the announcement: “Oh my God… This is unbelievable. Is the NYC subway still not connected to mobile and Wi-Fi services? Do we still have to wait another ten years?

NBC journalist Marcus Haroun also tweeted his frustration: “Why can I get Wi-Fi while traveling at 500 mph in the sky (airplane) but can’t get it on the ground (NYC subways) in 2022? I mean, I pay them a whopping $2.75.”

NBC journalist Markus Haroun also took to Twitter to share his disappointment.  However, it will take another 10 years for Wi-Fi to become available.

NBC journalist Markus Haroun also took to Twitter to share his disappointment. However, it will take another 10 years for Wi-Fi to become available.

This was stated by NYC Transit President Richard Davey. statement: “Having an uninterrupted network connection underground will change New Yorkers’ perception of travel by making it possible to take advantage of every minute of their commute with cellular and internet connectivity, which could also alleviate any obstacles visitors face when trying to navigate the system.

“We look forward to using enhanced connectivity to improve the service information we provide to customers.”

More than three million people ride the New York City subway system every day, and providing the service has been a long and continuous project for officials.

The ten-year project will also provide coverage for 21 Staten Island rail stations.  This will provide cellular coverage for all 418 miles of travel.

The ten-year project will also provide coverage for 21 Staten Island rail stations. This will provide cellular coverage for all 418 miles of travel.

Transit Wireless was founded in 2005 and began building the infrastructure needed to provide cellular service in Manhattan.

The first phase of the company was launched in 2013, adding service to 30 stations in Manhattan.

Transit Wireless is paying $600 million to complete the project.  It is not known which lines will be completed first, but riders will have access as each section is completed.

Transit Wireless is paying $600 million to complete the project. It is not known which lines will be completed first, but riders will have access as each section is completed.

The second phase was rolled out in October 2014 covering all of Queens and several other stations in Manhattan including Bryant Park, Herald Square and Grand Central.

Three years later, all 279 subway stations were in service, and in 2020 the firm connected the L line, which runs between Brooklyn and Manhattan, the first fully connected tunnel in the system.

Now Transit Wireless is working on connecting the rest of the railroads. After all, Transit Wireless will cost $1 billion to serve all of its overhead and underground stations.

MTA President of Construction and Development Jamie Torres-Springer said in a statement: “This latest advance in technology will align with other work across the system to equip hundreds of miles of tunnels to provide cellular connectivity between stations and support the operational needs of the MTA.

“We look forward to closing the remaining cellular and data connectivity gaps in our metro system.”

The addition of Wi-Fi and cellular in 2017 came when former Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an upgrade to a transportation system that was then a hundred years old.

Cuomo said $29 billion was allocated to the plan, which also added digital countdown clocks, subway car replacements, and mobile charging stations in subway cars.

Across the U.S. in Northern California, officials plan to bring Wi-Fi to all 50 stations by 2024 using Bay Area Transit.

And in London, passengers at every station will also have access by the end of 2024.