Detail from PATH train

Port Authority adds tech upgrades for bus and rail customers

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been busy.

First, the authority activated WiFi service throughout the public and gate areas of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.

Boingo Wireless built out the WiFi infrastructure under an agreement with the Port Authority.  Customers can access the first 30 minutes free, and pay for additional time after that.

“It’s clear that we need a new terminal to accommodate the rapidly growing number of trans-Hudson commuters who use the terminal daily,” said Port Authority chairman Kevin O’Toole in a statement. “That effort will take time, but commuters deserve better service now.” WiFi service was previously available on the main and second floors of the terminal.

Second, the authority installed 11 mobile device-charging kiosks at six of the highest volume stations on its PATH rail system.

“Losing power on a cellphone or other mobile device can be a frustrating experience for commuters,” said PATH director/general manager Mike Marino in a statement. “This is an inexpensive and convenient way to help our customers keep their devices charged, whether they are using PATH facilities or other modes of transportation.

Three of the kiosks are located at PATH’s Newark Penn Station facility, while two apiece have been installed at the Journal Square, Hoboken, and 33rd Street stations. The Exchange Place and Newport stations will have one kiosk each. Customers can rent or buy the chargers, which are available from Mobile Qubes, at a rate of $4.99 for 24 hours.

Photo credit: Susan Mara Bregman

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