We’ve been hearing whispers of this for months, but today New Yorkers’ ability to tweet in transit expanded dramatically. Governor Cuomo has formally announced that 30 subway stations are getting wireless voice and data service, putting the grand total of stations with WiFi capability at 36.
“This goes beyond providing cell service underground. It brings our customers a new level of security–with the ability to dial 911 in an emergency,” the governor said in a statement. “Customers now know that when they see something, they can now say something using their device to call 911. And now with all the major carriers on board, the vast majority of MTA customers will have the ability to do so.”
Representatives from Verizon and Sprint were also at the press conference, which took place in Times Square. Both are en route to participating in the network, which will now include all four major carriers. Transit Wireless, the company that’s been working with the MTA to bring wireless underground, plans to bring service to 40 more stations in the first quarter of 2014–and eventually, all 277 stations across the city.
You can check out the full list of stations with WiFi capability below. Grindr is about to get a lot more interesting.