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Here Are The Metro Trains That Could Get Wi-Fi And Cell Service

The first stations may get wi-fi by May (Photo by Gary Kavanagh via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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A report from Metro indicates that you may be able to get cell service and wi-fi on your phones on some underground trains as soon as spring of 2015. The news comes from a Metro memo issued on December 24. In February 2013, the Board signed onto a 20-year contract with InSite Wireless LLC to provide service in the underground stations and tunnels, according to the memo.

The timeline for the implementation is as follows:

  • Red Line trains from Union Station to the 7th St. Metro Center are looking at getting wi-fi in May of 2015 and cell service in August of 2015.
  • Purple Line trains from Westlake to Wilshire/Western and Red Line trains from Wilshire/Vermont to Vermont/Sunset are slated to get wi-fi in December of 2015 and cell service in June of 2016.
  • Red Line trains from Hollywood/Western to North Hollywood and Gold Line trains from Mariachi Plaza to Soto are looking at wi-fi in November 2016 and cell service in March of 2017.

Construction is set to begin on January 4, and the deadlines may vary depending on other maintenance needs and InSite's ability to reach agreements with wi-fi and cell providers.