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November 21, 2018

PATH commuters to get cell service, Port Authority announces

November 8, 2018
Riding the PATH train will no longer mean being out of touch with the world above ground, as cell phone service is due early next year. (Mark Lennihan / AP)

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.

“We continually strive for a better customer experience for all of our PATH riders,” Port Authority Board Chairman Kevin O’Toole said. “Adding another critical service in the form of expanded cell access is an essential part of meeting that goal.”

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