What is Transit Wireless WiFi?
Connecting the Underground
Free subway Wi-Fi for the New York City ridership
In October 2015, Transit Wireless launched its own Wi-Fi network, an advertiser sponsored Wi-Fi network that is free to New York City subway riders.
Transit Wireless WiFi™ and cellular service on AT&T, Sprint T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless platforms are available in all underground stations. Riders can use Transit Wireless WiFi to check email, post on social media, utilize apps, and more.
The company behind Transit Wireless WiFi
Transit Wireless WiFi service is owned and operated by Transit Wireless, based in New York City. It holds an exclusive contract with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to deploy and operate the wireless communications network throughout the underground New York City subway system for more than 2.6 billion riders annually. Transit Wireless was formed specifically to meet the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) requirement to provide a shared wireless infrastructure to enable commercial wireless services for the New York City Transit Authority (NYCT) riders within the underground subway stations and related opportunities. In 2010, the MTA, NYCT and Transit Wireless partnered together to provide wireless and Wi-Fi connectivity to all underground subway stations throughout the city.
In 2011, six initial stations in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan were deployed with commercial 2G and 3G cellular and Wi-Fi services. This initial build was used as a successful baseline for the structure of the network. Transit Wireless has implemented a high quality, highly resilient network that enables secure private networks and public Wi-Fi. The network has enhanced connectivity for public safety, NYC Emergency Services, New York City Transit personnel and businesses while allowing the top wireless carriers globally to extend critical connectivity to their customers. Transit Wireless offers wireless connectivity capabilities through neutral-host DAS systems and fiber business solutions.
Transit Wireless is part of BAI Communications, a group of global experts who are leaders in tailored design and integration of wireless confined coverage solutions with over 80 years of experience in Asia and North America. Our sister company BAI Canada offers TCONNECT the Toronto underground subway Wi-Fi through a partnership with the Toronto Transit Commission.