- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro has announced that it has reached a new agreement with four major cellular carriers on a plan that will allow riders to both talk and use the Internet on their phones throughout the transit system’s tunnels by the end of the decade.

The Washington Post (https://wapo.st/1NIL3vk ) reports that the transit agency expects to finalize and announce an agreement within a few weeks in which Verizon, AT&T;, Sprint and T-Mobile would pay Metro tens of millions of dollars to wire the transit system’s 101 miles of tunnels.

Metro had signed a contract in 2008 to have the carriers wire the tunnels themselves, but the work was delayed for years. Officials blamed the delays on unforeseen logistical hurdles, a bankruptcy and a focus on safety-related infrastructure work in the system.

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