10/17/2014 11:21 EDT | Updated 12/17/2014 05:59 EST

Metro's green line gets smartphone internet boost

Transit users in Montreal may have recently noticed more internet-reception bars on their smartphones.

That’s because the STM, Montreal’s public transit authority, has finalized the steps to bring the internet to the Metro’s green line between Guy-Concordia and St-Laurent stations.

The STM isn't expected to officially announce the availability of 3G, 4G and LTE cellphone networks until the end of the month, but users can access them now. 

The next step is to boost network reception at Atwater, Berri-UQAM and Beaudry stations, as well as on the orange line between Bonaventure and Mont-Royal stations.

Those updates are expected to be finalized in 2015.

The STM is working with Bell, Telus, Rogers and Videotron to provide the service, at an estimated cost of $50 million.

The STM hopes to have accessible internet signals in 68 stations by 2021.