Amtrak Rolls Out Free Wi-Fi on More Routes

By Jesse Sokolow on 31 March 2016
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Amtrak's Acela Express in Union Station

Amtrak’s Acela Express in Union Station

Amtrak announced it is expanding its free cellular-based Wi-Fi service, AmtrakConnect, to several eastern long-distance trains. The railroad service also said that it is beginning a new multi-year program to overhaul its current Wi-Fi offerings.

Eastern trains that AmtrakConnect is now available on include the Cardinal, which offers New York-Washington, D.C.-Cincinnati-Indianapolis-Chicago service; Crescent, which serves a New York-Atlanta-New Orleans route; Lake Shore limited, which connects New York/Boston-Albany-Chicago; and Silver Service, which runs on a New York-Washington, D.C.-Charleston-Savannah-Jacksonville-Orlando-Tampa-Miami route.

With AmtrakConnect now available on these routes, over 90% of Amtrak customers will have access to the railroad company’s free Wi-Fi.

Amtrak is also beginning the first phase of its Wi-Fi overhaul program, which will entail the railroad company replacing its original onboard equipment, which has been in service since 2010, with the latest Wi-Fi technology. The second phase of the overhaul will see Amtrak install a private trackside, high-speed fiber network that will offer significantly better performance than its current cellular-based network.

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