LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles subway system will soon get Wi-Fi and cellular phone service, enabling passengers to make and receive calls and surf the Internet while underground.
The L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has started work on a two-year project to bring Wi-Fi and cellular service to a series of underground stations and tunnel sections, the Los Angeles Daily News reported Sunday.READ MORE: Exclusive Video: Glenn Allen Brooks, 61, Of Huntington Beach Arrested Thursday In Connection To Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol Riot
The project, which will start with four stops on the Red Line, will enable passengers to dial 911 from a train or underground platform, the newspaper said.
A number of cities already offer Wi-Fi and cellphone service on their subway systems. Firefighters responding to a recent electrical malfunction in the Washington subway system that caused heavy smoke, killing one passenger and sickening dozens, used cellphones after they had difficulty communicating by radio.
Work on the project in Los Angeles was delayed nearly two years while officials dealt with issues related to security and interference with first-responder radio conversations, said Robert Fischer, Metro’s systems project manager.READ MORE: DUI Suspect Arrested In Deadly Traffic Collision That Killed 2 People On 110 Freeway In South LA Sunday
Wi-Fi will be accessible at station platforms but not in a moving train, Fischer said. Uninterrupted cellular service will be available from the street to the platforms to inside moving trains, he said.
The newspaper that passengers often huddle at the top of station escalators searching for missed messages and calls, said Kim Upton, a Metro spokesperson.
“The Twitter crowd is interested,” Upton said. “They’ve been asking for it for a while.”MORE NEWS: LAPD Report On Echo Park Protest Says Better System For Tracking Projectiles And Dealing With Independent Journalists Needed
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