Metro Subway Trains to Get Louder?

by Lee Hernly, Editor

From today’s Washington Post:

By midnight Friday, the long-awaited expansion of cellphone service at Metro stations will mean riders who use the three other nationwide carriers will join Verizon users in having service at 20 of the busiest underground platforms, officials said Thursday.
Riders who use AT&T, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile will be able to make calls, send text messages or surf the Web from those 20 station platforms. Officials cautioned Thursday that initial service will be available only when riders are on the platforms. They will lose it once they step on a train and move into the tunnels.

Eventually, service will expand to anywhere inside the station. By the end of November, officials said they expect that the 20 stations will have continuous coverage from street to platform.

By next fall, the remaining 27 underground stations are supposed to be wired. But full underground service — including in tunnels between stations — is not expected to be available until October 2012.

Some non-Verizon customers have been getting a signal this week because carriers have been testing the network, company officials said.

Read more of the story here.

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