MTA pushes back deadline to bid on wiring subways for cell phone service

The MTA has pushed back the deadline for companies to bid on wiring subway stations for cell phone service again.

Officials say this is the second time the bid has been put on hold and some say the deal may be in jeopardy. The MTA says the only reason the deadline has been extended is because companies asked for more time to draw up a proposal. Under the deal, the MTA would allow a company to equip 277 subway stations with cell phone service, but not tunnels.

Some companies are pushing the MTA to allow them to wire the tunnels as well. They say they would not be able to profit by putting signals only in stations. Potential bidders include Verizon Wireless, Cingular and Sprint Nextel.

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