updated 03:00 pm EDT, Thu June 3, 2010
Acela to put free Wi-Fi on Express trains
After a trial run that proved to be a great success, Amtrak has said it will make free Wi-Fi access standard on its Acela Express trains. After a three month test period, the Washington, DC to Boston run will be the first route to get the service, with more being added in the future. During the trial, 39 percent of riders, or about 115,000, signed on.
Work on outfitting its trains, beginning in California and followed by the Northeast Regional Service, should start by late fall.
Implementing Wi-Fi on trains is sometimes more difficult than with aircraft as Amtrak can't necessarily guarantee that all passengers will get continuous access. The challenge will be to make each car self-sufficient, as non Acela Express trains get mixed and matched, with individual cars sometimes swapped between trains.