Date: Aug 11, 2014
Press Release Number: 165-2014
Millions of WTC Visitors to Enjoy Complimentary Connectivity
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced an agreement with Boingo Wireless, a leading wireless infrastructure provider that serves consumers, carriers and advertisers worldwide, to install and operate neutral host cellular Distributed Antenna System (DAS) and high density Wi-Fi networks in select areas of the new World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.
"The World Trade Center site is a modern, world-class development featuring state-of-the-art technology," said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. "The new cellular and Wi-Fi networks at the Transportation Hub, retail and other locations will enhance the visitor experience, and ensure that our commuters and patrons can enjoy free, world-class connectivity on-the-go."
In May, the Board authorized this installation of Wi-Fi at various locations at the World Trade Center. The multi-year agreement will include complimentary Wi-Fi in the retail areas of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, as well as the PATH Station.
"The Transportation Hub will be a vibrant transit center and a premier retail and tourist destination in the revitalized Lower Manhattan," said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Deb Gramiccioni. "It's imperative that the Hub offer the most innovative technology and services to visitors, and the new wireless networks are key to offering an exceptional customer experience."
When completed, the World Trade Center Transportation Hub will be the third largest transportation center in New York City, with more than 200,000 daily commuters and millions of annual visitors from around the world. The WTC Transportation Hub's concourse will conveniently connect visitors to 11 different subway lines, the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) rail system, Battery Park City Ferry Terminal, the World Trade Center Memorial Site, WTC Towers 1, 2, 3 and 4, the World Financial Center and the Winter Garden. It will represent the most integrated network of underground pedestrian connections in New York City.
Under a separate agreement in June, the Board authorized a contract agreement with Boingo to provide 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi at Port Authority's John F. Kennedy International, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty International airports, as well as DAS services in the Lincoln and Holland tunnels. Currently, the agency is working with New York Telecom Partners (NYTP), a subsidiary of Boingo, to bring improved Wi-Fi service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.