Singlel-Level Long-Distance Trains Getting Wi-Fi

Amtrak’s single-level long-distance trains are slated to receive Wi-Fi service in 2016, Amtrak has announced.

The Chicago-New York/Boston Lake Shore Limited and the Chicago-New York Cardinal are both set to receive AmtrakConnect(r), a cellular-based Wi-Fi service.

Amtrak recently made WiFi available to Auto Train passengers and will also add it to the New York-New Orleans Crescent and the New York-Miami Silver Star and Silver Meteor next year.

Although Wi-Fi has been available on various corridor trains for the past few years, the Auto Train is the first long-distance train to receive the service.

Next year’s plans are to provide WiFi service on all single-level long distance routes. By the time those trains receive Wi-Fi, Amtrak said that more than 90 percent of Amtrak passengers will have access to on-board Wi-Fi.

“This new amenity marks an important milestone in our ongoing commitment to improving the passenger experience,” said Mark Murphy, senior vice president and general manager long distance. “The availability of Wi-Fi provides the connectivity passengers expect while traveling and demonstrates yet another reason why Amtrak is a smarter way to travel.”

AmtrakConnect(r) uses numerous cellular carriers to provide Wi-Fi, using 4G LTE technologies where available.

There is no cost to passengers to access the Wi-Fi service.

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