- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 18, 2009

More transit riders will soon be able to use their cell phones underground in Metro stations.

On Tuesday, Metro announced that construction is under way on a new wireless network that will begin providing mobile phone and Internet access by Oct. 16. It will serve customers of four cell phone providers: Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, AT&T and T-Mobile.

Previously, only Verizon Wireless customers had service in the Metro system, along with Sprint phones that could roam onto the Verizon network.

The new network initially will open at 20 of the transit system’s busiest stations.

Suzanne Peck, Metro’s chief information officer, said it’s the first phase of a plan to bring cell service to the entire Metrorail system by 2012.

Metro expects the wireless contract will generate at least $25 million over the next 15 years.

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