Following New York’s WiFi plans for Internet access to train commuters, New Jersey is now asking companies to submit bids to provide Internet hotspots on trains and rail stations so passengers can browse the web, access email, and stream audio and video. The proposal would cover 12 rail lines and 165 train stations in New Jersey’s transit system and an award for the winning bid should be awarded by the end of the year. The system is expected to begin in 2011.
Since the plans are still in its early phases without a formalized or winning bidder yet, NJ Transit does not know what the cost of WiFi access would be to riders. The spokesperson doesn’t expect the transit authority to bear any burden of the costs. According to transit executive director, “The provision of wireless Internet service would be a welcome amenity for our customers, enabling those who wish to remain connected and productive during their commute to do so continuously.” A meeting with interested firms in the WiFi proposal will be held on September 9th.