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We Need Wired Subways

Barbara Byrne Denham expresses a big gripe with NYC subways: the lack of connectivity, which she says serves a great problem for individuals and prevents them from riding.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 02:00 EDT | 4
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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/1/2012 4:47:21 PM
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Re: A little unsure
Hello James. Great to see you on the boards here. You may be right that Internet access on trains would help the sales of ebooks, but then again it doesn't take much effort to do your downloading before you get below ground, right?

In any case, I used to think I'd hate having WiFi in airplanes, but now I consider it a staple. I'm sure WiFi below ground will catch on in much of the same fashion. It'll be something we immediately feel entitled to the second we get it.

wbalthrop
wbalthrop  
10/31/2012 10:43:21 PM
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Re: A little unsure
@JamesWallace, very true. The market has really gone mobile. There are mobile apps for everything. It's become so much a part of our culture, that people actually have panic attacks when their cut off from the mobile connectivity. I think the author is on to something here.

JamesWallace
JamesWallace  
10/31/2012 8:48:07 PM
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Re: A little unsure
I believe internet access on the trains (subway) would be great for ebook readers and sales(of ebooks). 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
10/31/2012 1:47:51 PM
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A little unsure
I'm not entirely certain it's the case that a great deal of people don't take the subway because it doesn't have Internet access. We're not talking about long journeys here. It's great that Amtrak and airplanes now have WiFi -- that's extremely helpful to people who need to get work done on the go. But if people in NYC aren't taking the subway to work because they can't be off of email during their morning commute I think that's a little silly.

With that said, having wireless access below ground would be helpful for other reasons, of course. It would allow us to notify people if we're running late or if we get stuck. 

Apps that help us with our commutes, on the other hand, are essential! I think HopStop is a great one. MTA.info is moderately helpful. And Google Maps is fairly accurate in letting you know when a train is expected (though now iPhone users can't easily access such luxuries as that).

Internet access can make our commutes better in many ways, and I agree this is an area where NYC needs to catch up. However, I suppose that means we're looking at an unfortunate future of people yapping away on their cellphones while in transit. Oh joy.

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