Boingo Wireless, provider of distributed antenna systems (DAS), small cells and Wi-Fi, has been selected by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York to design, build, operate and maintain wireless services for the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) Atlantic Branch and Grand Central Terminal East Side Access facility.
“These long-term agreements represent two of our largest DAS venue agreements in company history, extending Boingo’s high-density wireless networks to some of LIRR’s most trafficked terminals, while covering more than 15 miles of tunneling," said David Hagan, chairman/CEO, Boingo.
East Side Access is one of the largest transportation infrastructure megaprojects underway in the U.S. that will bring LIRR service to Grand Central Terminal. When completed, it will serve approximately 162,000 customers per day, providing a faster and easier commute from Long Island and Queens to the east side of Manhattan in a new eight-track terminal and concourse that features 25,000 square feet of retail space.
The Atlantic Branch project encompasses LIRR’s Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, Jamaica Station in Queens and the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel that connects the two locations. Atlantic Terminal is LIRR’s second largest terminal, after Penn Station. Jamaica Station is one of the busiest transportation hubs in the country, connecting LIRR, subway, bus, and the AirTrain to John F. Kennedy International Airport.