PATH riders can stay in touch now

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY DAN RIVOLI DAILY NEWS TRAN­SIT RE­PORTER

PATH com­muters will soon be able to use their cell phones un­der­ground while wait­ing for their train, the Port Au­thor­ity an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

Cell ser­vice is com­ing to all PATH stops in the com­ing weeks and months, as providers start to trickle into sta­tions.

“We want to up­grade ser­vice to the trav­el­ing pub­lic at all our fa­cil­i­ties,” Port Au­thor­ity Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Rick Cot­ton said in a state­ment. “Ac­cess to cell cov­er­age is an im­por­tant ex­pec­ta­tion of PATH cus­tomers.”

PATH riders who use AT&T and T-Mo­bile can ac­cess their ser­vice at sta­tions in New York — 33rd, 23rd, 14th, Ninth, and Christo­pher Sts. New Jer­sey’s un­der­ground PATH sta­tions — Hobo­ken, Ex­change Place, New­port and Grove St. — will get AT&T and T-Mo­bile ser­vice over the next three weeks.

Ver­i­zon and Sprint cus­tomers will get ser­vice in all PATH sta­tions by early next year, ac­cord­ing to the Port Au­thor­ity.

The World Trade Cen­ter PATH sta­tion al­ready had cell ser­vice since it opened in 2016. PATH’s Jour­nal Square, Har­ri­son and Ne­wark Penn Sta­tion stops are above ground.

Com­muters, how­ever, should be mind­ful of their data plans — there will be no Wi-Fi un­der­ground, un­like the New York sub­way sys­tem.

Port of­fi­cials said it’s a new piece of com­muter-friendly tech they’re adding to its trans­porta­tion ser­vices, like count­down clocks at PATH sta­tions and WiFi at their four com­mer­cial air­ports.

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