Vote to Have Cellphone Service on Subway Platforms
It will put Toronto on the map with cities like Paris and New York.
The TTC is getting closer to signing a deal that means having cell phone service on subway platforms. Better yet, it will bring the TTC some $25-million dollars over 20 years.
Councillors on the TTC board will vote on the deal with Broadcast Australia on Wednesday. If it's approved, they will choose two subway stations as prototypes to begin the project.
The company will also be in charge of making deals with enough service providers to cover at least 60 percent of Torontonians who own cellphones. Bell Mobility has also bid over $5-million for the rights.
The goal is to have cellphone service in most subway stations in two years, but that doesn't include service inside tunnels.
TTC spokesman Brad Ross believes it's a win-win situation for both transit riders and the commission. He adds that one of the issues to overcome, is making sure cellphone signals won't interfere with the TTC radio signals, which they use to communicate.