2005-07-15 / Editorial/Opinion

Weiner: Emergency Cell Service In Subways

The MTA says that later this month it’s going to consider a plan to bring emergency cell service to New York City subways, says a spokesperson for Congressman Anthony Weiner.

It’s a move that Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly calls “a good idea.”

And, Weiner, who is now running for mayor, says that he first proposed it back in March of 2003.

Weiner is the author of legislation—the Subway Cell Access Act —that would require every commercial mobile service provider to build the infrastructure required to provide 9-1-1 cell service on every subway platform in the nation. Last week, Weiner pledged as Mayor to bring emergency cell phone service to New York City subways as part of his transit security plan.

“If someone sees something suspicious on the subway but they can’t tell anyone about it, it doesn’t do much good,” said Rep. Weiner “Providing emergency cell phone service in the subways will transform millions of straphangers from commuters to vital cogs in the effort to keep the subways and New York City safe.”

Weiner has proposed a six part transit security plan, including more transit cops on the beat, federal funding for anti-terrorism police, expanded use of digital surveillance cameras, strengthening security on Amtrak’s northeast corridor, building transit redundancy with high speed ferries, and emergency subway cell service.

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