Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Amtrak adds WiFI to Chicago hub services

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AmtrakConnect, the national passenger railroad's WiFI service, now is available to customers traveling on seven routes linked to Amtrak's Chicago hub.

The rollout, effective Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, covers Amtrak's Lincoln Service, Illini Saluki trains and lIlinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg trains, all serving Illinois. Also now served are three routes primarily serving Michigan: Amtrak's Wolverine Service, Blue Water, and Pere Marquette. Chicago-Milwaukee Hiawatha Service is also included in the WiFi package.

Notably not in the mix is Amtrak's Hoosier State Service, linking Chicago with Indianapolis and other Indiana locales. Indiana's support for Amtrak has paled in comparison with other Midwest states, particularly Illinois, numerous industry advocates are quick to point out.

"Amtrak trains in Illinois are faster, thanks to our joint commitment to high speed rail," Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said in a statement announcing the service. "Now, Wi-Fi access on those same trains will make each trip more productive and enjoyable."

AmtrakConnect also is available on Amtrak trains on the Northeast Corridor and on the West Coast.

Amtrak announced its intent to provide WiFi for its Chicago hub services late last year.