- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Four major cellphone providers are contributing $32.5 million to bring 4G data coverage throughout the Chicago subway system by the end of the year.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to announce the deal between T-Mobile, AT&T;, Sprint and Verizon on Friday. The four carriers have agreed to cover all costs associated with the 4G initiative so Chicago Transit Authority riders can benefit from faster speeds.

The upgraded cellphone service will allow CTA riders on the Blue and Red Line subway tunnels and platforms to use the Internet, make phone calls, stream media and check email with no interruptions.

As one of Emanuel’s top priorities, the goal is to the modernize transit service and make Chicago the largest city in North America to have full 4G wireless coverage in its subway system.

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