BRIEF: Wi-Fi access in works for Amtrak's Hiawatha line trains [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 01--The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is completing contract negotiations to add Wi-Fi capability to Amtrak's Hiawatha trains, which could mean riders may be able to log into their email and browse the Internet as they ride between Milwaukee and Chicago.
The department isn't releasing any other details about the negotiations at this time, spokesman Brock Bergey said in an email.
If the popular Hiawatha route begins offering Wi-Fi, it would be one of only a few Midwestern trains to offer the service. The only train service in the Midwest that offers Wi-Fi is the Lincoln Service, which travels from Chicago to St. Louis, and the service exists only on some trains.
The state of Michigan announced this week that it would add AmtrakConnect's cellular-based Wi-Fi service to all of its trains by early 2014, the first Midwestern state to do so. AmtrakConnect will be free for passengers and usually supports between 30% and 50% of passengers on a train.
About 75% of passengers have access to free Wi-Fi service on trains, according to a release from Amtrak, with more announcements likely to come soon. Many trains on the east and west coasts already offer the service.
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