January 28, 2008 By News Report
Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Murray announced Sunday the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is ready to launch an innovative pilot program that will make free Wi-Fi services available to thousands of riders on the Worcester/Framingham Commuter Rail Line.
The Wi-Fi Commuter Rail Connect test program will allow MBTA customers with laptop computers, cellular phones, PDAs, or other Wi-Fi enabled devices to access the Internet during their commutes to and from South Station.
"This is an important first step in our commitment to improve commuter services throughout the Commonwealth," said Murray. "I commend the MBTA and General Manager Grabauskas on their efforts to get this pilot program up and running."
The Lieutenant Governor started working with the MBTA on this initiative when he was still the Mayor of Worcester, advocating that Wi-Fi service will help improve the connectivity and productivity of the workforce throughout Massachusetts.
Under the Worcester/Framingham Line pilot program, which is set to begin in the middle of the week, each inbound and outbound Commuter Rail train will have at least one passenger coach on which a wireless router has been installed. Signs will be posted on more than 40 coaches indicating they are Wi-Fi ready.
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