The CTA is now accepting bids to upgrade wireless access in subway tunnels to 4G technology. Hopefully by this time next year you will spend less time staring at a blank screen and more time surfing the internet in the Red and Blue line tunnels.
From the news release:
Last fall the agency issued the first step in a Request for Proposals (RFP) process to select a pool of qualified bidders for the project. The second step of the RFP process has begun with the issue a detail specification of the project to the pre-qualified bidders, seeking their proposals for the design and installation of a modern cellular infrastructure system in the CTA’s Red and Blue line tunnels and underground facilities.
Responses are due by mid-March. The CTA anticipates awarding a contract by summer 2014 and work to begin later in the year.
The existing infrastructure dates back to 2005 and is inadequate to support modern wireless needs.
Project costs will be determined after proposals are received from qualified bidders. As the wireless project is under way, the CTA will keep the current wireless network operational, and the CTA will continue to receive revenue from wireless providers as it does today.
I just wonder if the CTA can vastly improve the wireless network but make the phone lines so terrible that no one would want to talk on the phone in the subway. Whaddya think?