It’s hard to know whether to leap with joy because my iPhone will now be more than just an iPod touch underground, or to wince, knowing this will double or triple the number of ringing phones in the Metro. But, as of today as part of a multi-year improvement plan, phones from Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T will now work in 20 of the Metro Stations. The list is:
Orange/Blue: Ballston, Crystal City, Farragut West, Federal Triangle, Foggy Bottom-GWU, L’Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, Metro Center, Pentagon, Pentagon City, Rosslyn, Smithsonian
Red: Bethesda, Dupont Circle, Farragut North, Friendship Heights, Gallery Pl-Chinatown, Judiciary Square, Metro Center, Union Station
Yellow/Green: Columbia Heights, L’Enfant Plaza
It looks like the Orange & Blue line riders will get the most benefit, followed by the Red line riders, with the Yellow and Green riders mostly getting the shaft for now. The rest of the stations will come online in the next three years. No formal word yet on what service is like in the tunnels, but folks are saying no joy under the Potomac, already, so I’d expect it’s station-or-nothing for the moment.