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Acela gets Wi-Fi, free (for now)


Amtrak started Wi-Fi service on all Acela express trains from Washington D.C. to Boston starting today. The railroad will also offer the wireless internet service, AmtrakConnect, at the gate areas in six stations in major cities, including New York Penn Station.

For now it’s free. After an introductory period, the railroad will set a rate based on how many customers want it and how well it performs.

The other stations that have it are in Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Providence and the Route 128 station in Boston. It will add the service at the Wilmington, Del. station when renovations there are completed early in 2011.

Wi-Fi service continues to be available in all ClubAcela lounges in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.

“This is only the first step for our AmtrakConnect program,” Lenetta McCampbell, senior director for on-board systems, said in a statement. “Amtrak will continually improve the service as Wi-Fi technology evolves, and we are evaluating opportunities to expand AmtrakConnect to additional routes and stations throughout the country.”

AmtrakConnect was deployed on Acela Express by Virginia Beach-based GBS Group and its partner Nomad Digital.

This entry was posted on Monday, March 1st, 2010 at 1:57 pm by Ken Valenti. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.
Category: Amtrak, Wi-Fi



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