Now BART riders can talk under the Bay

4 mobile phone carriers activate wireless networks in Transbay tube

BART riders can now enjoy wireless access for mobile phones and other devices as they pass underneath the Bay in the Transbay Tube.

Four mobile phone companies - AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint/Nextel and Verizon - activated their wireless networks inside the Transbay Tube over the weekend, allowing travelers to make phone calls and surf the Web.

BART spokesman Linton Johnson said there is already wireless service between BART's Embarcadero and Balboa Park stations in San Francisco. Now, passengers should have a continuous signal in the underground sections between the West Oakland station and Balboa Park, according to the transit agency.

Thirty-five percent of BART's tunnels and eight of its 16 underground stations now have wireless service, which is paid for by the providers and not by BART, Johnson said.

BART plans to add wireless service next year between the 12th Street, 19th Street and Lake Merritt stations in Oakland; between the Ashby, Berkeley and North Berkeley stations; inside the Berkeley Hills tunnel; and between South San Francisco and San Bruno.

The agency is also planning to add WiFi to the system in the coming years to allow high-speed Internet access.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 24, 2009 at 10:11 am

Oh just great -- now all of the obnoxious cell yappers can scream all the way to SF and everyone around them will just have to suffer.

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Posted by "quiet" is better
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 24, 2009 at 1:54 pm

And they will have to talk much louder, due to the train noise.
BARTD has been removing the sound absorbing carpet that they installed to deliver the elegant train that we are paying for- even tho Livermore still doesn't get service*- and replacing with tile that transmits the noise.

*Hey Bing, if you see this (or anyone):
How come Livermore needs to come up with more money to build the train to their city that BARTD promised in the first place? What happened to the money they've paid in for what 35 years?

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Posted by Secede
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 24, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Bart is building stations and extensions everywhere but Livermore?
What would it take for the people of Livermore to get their money back?
Or last stop paying more, until we get a station?

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 24, 2009 at 3:46 pm

My suggestion is that you get more involved in government so that your voice is heard. It's one thing to complain and quite a different matter to work within the law to create change.

It's not enough to vote and think that you are being a responsible citizen.

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