While flying might be the fastest way of getting from point A to point B, trains are still heavily relied upon or travelling as well. If travelers have the luxury of a good Wi-Fi service above 30,000 feet in the sky, those on trains shouldn’t be left out. Amtrak has long been criticized for its unreliable Wi-Fi service on-board its trains, finally it pays heed to that criticism, announcing today that it is upgrading Wi-Fi service on select trains to offer faster and more reliability to passengers.
The broadband Wi-Fi upgrade has already been completed on Acela trains that run between Washington and Boston. Capitol Corridor, Pacific Surfliner, San Jaoquin and other state sponsored routes in California have been upgraded as well. Amtrak says that remaining Wi-Fi trains, including Northeast Regional, will be upgraded towards the end of summer. The one thing that sets apart Amtrak’s Wi-Fi offering from its competitors in the sky is the fact that Amtrak’s is offering it for free, albeit it does impose some restrictions, such as file downloads being limited to 10MB and data intensive activities such as video and music streaming not being allowed.