Metra to add free Wi-Fi to more passenger cars

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CHICAGO — Metra is adding free cellular-based Wi-Fi hotspots to 50 additional passenger cars. The commuter railroad decided to beef up its Wi-Fi service after an online customer survey showed that the majority of passengers were satisfied with the quality of service.

The railroad operated a six-month test period using 11 passenger cars on all lines beginning in February.

“It’s clear from the test that this technology can meet the needs of a majority of our customers while still being affordable to Metra, so we are expanding our Wi-Fi program to 50 more cars,” says Metra Executive Director and CEO Don Orseno.

The Wi-Fi hotspots cost the railroad about $2,000 each and monthly data charges cost approximately $250 per unit per month. The railroad says the annual cost for all 62 Wi-Fi units will be around $186,000.

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