Coming soon to Pittsburgh: WiFi at T stations, better cell service in tunnels

Never put your cellphone down again!

The Liberty Tunnel

The Liberty Tunnel

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Sarah Anne Hughes

Two projects in Pittsburgh will make it easier to stay connected — and to never put down your cellphone again.

The Port Authority board voted today to approve an agreement that will bring WiFi hotspots to seven light rail stations: Allegheny, North Side, Gateway, Wood Street, Steel Plaza, First Avenue and Station Square.

Comcast will install the hotspots, which will be available to both Xfinity and non-Xfinity customers for free, per a Port Authority release. They should be up and running by June.

Meanwhile, in some of Pittsburgh’s most traveled tunnels, a project to restore cell service is nearing completion.

A distributed antenna system is currently being tested in the Liberty and Squirrel Hill tunnels, while work on the Fort Pitt Tunnel should be done soon, according to PennDOT. The four participating carriers are AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.

PennDOT says no taxpayer money was used on the cell service project, while the WiFi installation won’t cost Port Authority any money.