The Los Angeles subway system will soon get WiFi and cellular phone service enabling passengers to make and receive calls and surf the Internet while underground.
The Los Angeles Daily News reports Sunday that the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has started work on a two-year project to bring WiFi service to a series of underground stations and tunnel sections.
The newspaper says the project will enable passengers to dial 911 from a train or underground platform.
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Robert Fischer, Metro's systems project manager, says WiFi will not be accessible inside a moving train but cellular service will.
Fischer says work was delayed nearly two years after the contract was awarded while officials worked on issues related to security and interference with first-responder radio conversations.