The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) has announced the availability of wireless voice and data service in the first tunnel segment on the Red Line. Uninterrupted wireless access is now available to Metro riders traveling between Glenmont and Silver Spring stations.
The latest tunnel segment is the second portion of the system to have wireless service, following the segment between Potomac Avenue and Stadium Armory on the Blue, Orange and Silver lines, activated in December 2016. Metro is currently installing special cable along 100 miles of tunnel walls to support wireless service.
“Customers have told us that they want the ability to stay connected while on Metro, and we are pleased to have worked with the wireless carriers to deliver this service,” remarked Metro GM/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld. “I look forward to announcing the activation of additional tunnel segments in the months ahead.”
The process of installing the wireless cable in Metro’s tunnels requires weekend track outages to allow crews and contractors to drill special brackets along the walls. Wireless service on Metro is funded, operated and maintained jointly by the carriers.