The TTC Announces Underground Cell Service to Some Subway Routes

Today’s big announcement from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) had nothing to do with getting you to work on time.

But at least you’ll have more to do with yourself while you’re waiting for a delayed train, or standing in line for a shuttle bus during yet another weekend closure.

Today, the TTC, along with BAI Canada and Wind Mobile, announced that they would introduce cellular service to some underground subway systems – and it starts today.

If you’re a Wind Mobile customer, that is.

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Wind customers may find themselves a little less annoyed with our city’s lacking transit system today when they’re able to make calls at St. George, Bay and Bloor-Yonge stations. By the kick-off to the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, Spadina Station and the downtown “U” of the Yonge-University-Spadina line will also be connected.

As the first provider to align with the service, Wind Mobile is the exclusive provider for cellular services underground at TTC stations. We have a feeling the move alone won’t have Torontonians jumping ship when it comes to their cell phone provider.

I mean, does anyone really notice that much of a difference in their lives now that Wi-Fi service has been available at select downtown locations since 2013? No, most of us just care about getting the hell home or to work in a somewhat decent mood after the whole commute – whether it’s 10 minutes or an hour.

Still, it’s a step in the right direction in making our subway system on par with that of other global cities.

“The expansion of wireless capabilities in our transit system will allow TTC riders to be connected underground, enhancing the way we work and do business in our city. This is an example of how the City can bring its operations into the 21st century,” said Toronto mayor John Tory.

If only we could do something about every other problem with the TTC – oh, and the traffic too.