2005_07_midtowntun.jpgCellphone service for some NYC tunnels was turned back on, after it was revealed authorities had disabled reception after the London bombings. Now, the East River crossings have service, while the Hudson River ones are left out; it's like 2005 Tunnel and 1985 (pre-cellphone) Tunnel. Mayor Bloomberg professed uncertainty, saying, "I don't know if it makes the most sense. Cellphones provide a measure of comfort." What's hilarious is that there seems to be confusion and fingerpointing between various agencies about who actually ordered cell service to be turned off: The NYPD says it didn't order the shut down while the Port Authority claims they were acting on the orders of the NYPD but then said it was their own decision... There's nothing that reassures New Yorkers like deciding that it would be safer to turn off cellphone service in NYC tunnels, and then deciding to turn them back on, all while not taking a stand on who decided what.

Of course, now the MTA is rethinking plans to wire subway tunnels for cellphone service. On the books, they are still accepting proposals, but who knows if plans will go through, especially given the budget problems they have. Gothamist is pretty indifferent about cellphone service in the subways: On the one hand, we enjoy being able to read a newspaper on the subway and not listening to other people yap loudly (we get that enough on the street, in restaurants, and at the movies), and on the other hand, sometimes we want to yap. Would you still want cellphones in the subway?