WMATA now has cell, data service in Red line tunnel

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WASHINGTON — Passengers can now talk on the phone and browse the Internet on a section of Red Line tunnels northwest of Washington, D.C.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has partnered with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless on the availability of wireless voice and data service in the first tunnel segment on the Red line. Metro riders traveling between Glenmont and Silver Spring will have uninterrupted mobile phone use, according to a WMATA news release.

The Red line tunnel announcement is the second portion of the system to have wireless service, following the segment between Potomac Avenue and Stadium Armory on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines.

WMATA crews are also installing special cable along 100 miles of tunnel walls to support wireless service and a new radio system for trains and emergency responders.

In addition to underground voice and data services, the agency also announced that 30 underground stations will have free customer Wi-Fi service by the end of the year. Right now, only six stations are equipped with Internet.

According to the agency, all remaining underground stations will have wireless Internet by the middle of 2018.

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