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Metro reaches deal on phone service in tunnels

Metro has announced a new deal to provide cell phone service throughout its tunnels.
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Metro has announced a new deal to provide cell phone service throughout its tunnels.

Under the agreement, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile would pay Metro tens of millions of dollars to wire the transit system's 101 miles of tunnels. The deal would allow riders to both talk and use the internet throughout the transit system by the end of the decade.

Metro expects to finalize and announce an agreement within a few weeks.

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