September 25, 2013

Minneapolis' Northstar commuter adds Wi-Fi

Every Minneapolis Metro Transit Northstar train will now provide an area offering complimentary Wi-Fi service for customers.

The “cab car” of each train will be marked with graphics inside and out that designate it as the location for free customer Wi-Fi access.

Northstar commuter trains have between four and six passenger cars and cab cars are always located furthest from the locomotive. Each passenger car seats about 145 customers and can accommodate many more standing; each three-level car also has ten electrical outlets throughout.

“We’re pleased to introduce onboard Wi-Fi service to our customers,” said Metro’s GM Brian Lamb. “Due to the longer distances traveled on commuter rail, Northstar service is a great match for Wi-Fi.”

Some restrictions will apply to the onboard network: questionable content will be blocked and download sizes and streaming rates will be limited in order to best provide quality access to the largest number of customers.

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