Some friends and I just noticed this week that AT&T cell and data service are finally available in the CTA’s Red and Blue line subway.
The CTA signed a 10-year contract in June guaranteeing $3.1 million in revenue. And now finally more than seven months later, iPhone users and other AT&T customers can finally access cell an data service in the subways.
The CTA now provides service for all the major cell providers. Back in 2005 the CTA tried to get cell companies to pony up and pay for the capital improvements needed to provide phone and data service in the subways, but they refused. So the CTA paid for the infrastructure improvements on its own.
Now, it’s finally getting a return on its investment.
UPDATE: In his blog “iPhone therefore I blog,” Scott Kleinberg quotes an AT&T spokesperson as saying they are “in the final stages of this work.” So yes, service may be spotty until all work is finished.