MTA Set To Score Big

The MTA’s plan to introduce cell phone & WiFi service in stations should provide a nice profit for the agency. According to an article in AMNY, the MTA is set to make a nice amount of money on the deal without spending a dime. They already have an agreement with Transit Wireless in which Transit Wireless will pay them $46 million dollars to install the technology. It is now being reported that the MTA will also receive 50% of any earnings over the projected $148 million dollars in revenue.

Here is a brief article about this big score courtesy of AMNY:

The MTA further cemented plans Monday for cell phone and WiFi service on subway platforms, revealing that it stands to make a pretty penny off the deal without spending a cent.

In addition to the already announced $46 million Transit Wireless will pay the MTA to install the subway technology, the consortium will also pay the agency 50 percent of any earnings above a projected $148 million in revenue during the 10-year contract.

Two committees approved the plan, which does not include coverage in the tunnels, and pushed the issue toward a board vote tomorrow.

Cell phone carriers will pay Transit Wireless to carry their signals underground. Transit Wireless is required to sign on at least one major carrier during the two-year pilot program.

MTA officials also calmed a board member’s concerns about possible cell-phone detonated bombs at yesterday’s committee meetings.

Other major cities already offer cell phone access in subways, and the MTA consulted with the NYPD before deciding to move forward, said William Morange, MTA Director of Security.

“We feel the good far outweighs the bad,” he said.

Cell phone and Wifi access also could be shut down if needed, said Roco Krsulic, director of MTA Real Estate.

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