Wireless internet may soon be a reality for our city’s trains. The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 predicted it, and now the MTA says it wants Metro North and LIRR to be connected by the end of the year. According the Post officials have issued a call for ideas on how best to float internet on the trains coming and going from the city. Also to be wired: Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station. But considering the budget crunch, how does the authority plan to pay for its hook-up?

The cost of installing and maintaining the connection will fall to the internet company awarded the contract, and maybe to consumer-commuters. "It's clearly something people would like to have," said board member Mitch Pally, who chairs the MTA's LIRR committee. With Wi-Fi capability they’ll be able to stream video, upload photos and instantaneously update their MTA-related blogs. And maybe if they have a screen to stare at passengers will finally stop yakking on their phones!