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Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile Provides Wireless Phones For "PowerCommute" Vehicles
May 19, 1997
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile
Lynette F. Viviani
Project: PowerCommute drivers and passengers won't be driving solo on
their high-tech trek between the Morristown Train Station and their
local work site. A Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile wireless phone will be
on board, too.
As part of the company's participation in Project: PowerCommute, Bell
Atlantic NYNEX Mobile will install a wireless phone in each electric
vehicle, complete with the capability to dial 9-1-1 or AAA roadside
service at the touch of a button, at no charge for the duration of the
program. In all, 30 wireless phones will be installed in vehicles
serving Morristown, Cherry Hill and Princeton Junction stations.
According to Denny Strigl, president and CEO of Bell Atlantic NYNEX
Mobile, the company's wireless technology is a perfect complement to a
strong and important environmental initiative.
"At Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, we actively support alternatives to
the traditional one-person, one-vehicle commute," said Strigl. "Right
now, many of our employees carpool, work compressed work weeks, and
telecommute one or more days a week. Project: PowerCommute gives us
another innovative way to reduce pollution and roadway congestion. We
feel privileged to be part of it -- both as a participant and by
installing our wireless phones in each electric car to ensure the
safety of drivers."
Vietta Hardaway, of East Orange, and Andy Kminek, of Stanhope, are two
of eight Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile Customer Service employees who
will participate in the project.
Hardaway says the project allows her to consider mass transit for the
first time. She will take the train from East Orange to Morristown and
join her coworkers in the electric car pool. "It will be a blessing
just not to have to drive," she said. "I'm looking forward to sitting
back, being stress free and enjoying my commute."
For Kminek, Project: PowerCommute is about saving time, energy and
fuel. "I don't like to drive and I'm big on conservation, so I was
very interested in being part of Project: PowerCommute." Kminek also
said that taking the train to the electric vehicle will cut his
current two-hour round trip commute in half, leaving him more time for
work and family.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile, based in Bedminster, is the largest
wireless service provider on the East Coast and the second largest in
the United States. The company's New York/New Jersey Metro region has
headquarters at 250 James Street in Morristown and in Orangeburg, NY.
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has 4.4 million customers and 6,500
employees in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and, through a
separate subsidiary, in the Southwest.