Cellphone Improvements on Metro Face Lengthy Delay

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Can you hear me now? If you’re a Metro rider the answer is often ‘no.’

WMATA’s plans to improve cell phone coverage in underground tunnels by next month have been derailed. It may now be another few years before they will come to fruition.

Powerwave Technologies Inc., the company that was to install the wireless services, is now in bankruptcy.

The Washington Examiner reports the transit agency has already informed Congress it will not be able to meet the original March deadline. They are now asking for a target date of Dec. 2015.

Wireless service between stations is largely a luxury, but can prove to be a necessity in cases when trains get stuck.

“That could be a major issue,” one Metro rider from Rockville said.

He cited a recent incident on the Green Line when more than 2,000 passengers were left stranded by an equipment malfunction.

Metro has declined to comment and is referring all inquiries to the wireless carriers.

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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