AMTRAKCONNECT(r) WI-FI COMING TO MIDWEST CORRIDORS Passenger experience improvement with 4G performance coming in 2014
CHICAGO - AmtrakConnect(r) cellular-based Wi-Fi service is arriving soon on Amtrak trains in the Midwest, with eight corridors offering this free amenity to Amtrak passengers by early February of 2014. Collectively, these routes carried nearly 3.3 million passengers in the last year (Amtrak FY2013, Oct. 2012-Sept. 2013).
Amtrak is now installing the equipment on railcars under contracts with the states of Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Wi-Fi service will be provided on these routes:
Illinois: 1.22 million passengers Lincoln Service: Chicago-Springfield-St. Louis (expanding to all four round-trips) Illini/Saluki: Chicago-Champaign-Carbondale Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg: Chicago-Galesburg-Quincy
Michigan: 1.05 million passengers Wolverine Service: Chicago-Ann Arbor-Detroit-Pontiac Blue Water: Chicago-East Lansing-Port Huron Pere Marquette: Chicago-Holland-Grand Rapids
Missouri: 200,000 passengers Missouri River Runner: St. Louis-Jefferson City-Kansas City
Wisconsin (contract shared with Illinois): 821,000 passengers Hiawatha Service: Chicago-Milwaukee
A specific completion date will be announced next month. Passengers on these Amtrak Chicago Hub Service trains will start seeing the availability of the service as the railcars are deployed.
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