Metro to start adding Wi-Fi to underground stations this summer

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Metro plans to add Wi-Fi to all underground stations by the end of 2018.

All Metro riders will soon be able to double-tap on Instagram and scroll through Twitter while waiting for a train underground.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority plans to bring free public Wi-Fi to all underground stations by the end of 2018, The Hill reported Tuesday.

The installation will begin in the summer of 2017 and 60 percent of stations will have Wi-Fi by the end of 2017, according to The Hill. The remaining stations will be outfitted with the service in 2018.

Paul Wiedefeld, general manager and CEO for WMATA, said in a statement that the decision for Wi-Fi updates came from “positive rider feedback” after Wi-Fi access was added at six stations – Union Station, Judiciary Square, Gallery Place, Metro Center, Archives and L’Enfant Plaza. This test program began in August, DCist reported.

WMATA has also aimed to install 200 miles of radio cables to improve emergency radio communication and wireless technology in February after calls from Congress and the Federal Transit Administration for increased safety measures.

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