Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 9:46 am

Hate not being able to watch YouTube cat videos while riding or waiting for the subway? Good news: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in January began work to bring cell phone and WiFi service to the city’s underground transit system.

Along with the Red and Purple lines, the upgrade will provide service to underground portions of the Blue, Gold and Expo lines, as well as the Crenshaw line when it is finished.

To complete the work, the county has contracted InSite Wireless, which brought the same services to Boston’s subway. People who already have data plans on their phones will be able to use Metro’s services free of charge, according to Daniel Lindstrom, Metro manager of wayside communications. 

Though the system is expected to be complete by January 2016, Metro hopes to have WiFi at Union Station up and running in time for the building’s 75th anniversary in May.


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