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Dec 22, 2009 7:24 PM

Bay Area commuters can stay connected under water

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Subway riders in the San Francisco Bay area no longer have to worry about hitting a cell phone dead zone when traveling through the underwater tube that links Oakland and San Francisco.

James Fang, president of the Bay Area Rapid Transit board, said Monday that four cell phone companies have activated wireless coverage inside the Transbay Tube traversed by 161,000 train commuters each weekday. Until now, BART riders were unreachable on their phones or laptops computers during the 10-minute trip under the bay. Fang says service providers AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint/Nextel and Verizon are paying for the enhanced coverage.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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