More than 90 percent of Amtrak passengers to have free on-board Internet access by 2016
WASHINGTON – AmtrakConnect® cellular-based Wi-Fi service is now available to all passengers on Auto Train as part of an ongoing effort to enhance the passenger experience. Auto Train allows passengers to travel with their personal vehicles including cars, vans, SUVs and motorcycles between the Washington, D.C. area and Florida, and stands as the first long-distance Amtrak train to provide Wi-Fi.
This marks the first phase of a larger Amtrak rollout that will provide passengers with free Wi-Fi on all single-level, long-distance train routes in 2016. Combined with other routes where Amtrak has already activated the service, more than 90 percent of Amtrak passengers will soon have access to on-board Wi-Fi so that they may stay connected and entertained throughout their journey.
“This new amenity marks an important milestone in our ongoing commitment to improving the passenger experience,” said Mark Murphy, Senior Vice President and General Manager Long Distance. “The availability of Wi-Fi provides the connectivity passengers expect while traveling and demonstrates yet another reason why Amtrak is a smarter way to travel.”
To celebrate this momentous occasion, Amtrak is offering its passengers a special $95 Saver Fare aboard Auto Train.
Wi-Fi service will be provided on these long-distance train routes in 2016:
Cardinal: New York – Washington, D.C. – Cincinnati – Indianapolis – Chicago
Crescent: New York – Atlanta – New Orleans
Lake Shore Limited: New York/Boston – Albany – Chicago
Silver Service: New York – Washington, D.C. – Charleston – Savannah – Jacksonville – Orlando – Tampa/Miami
AmtrakConnect® utilizes multiple cellular carriers to provide the best mobile experience possible, taking advantage of 4G LTE technologies where available, and is provided at no cost to passengers.
To ensure the best on-board internet experience for its passengers, and as demand for Wi-Fi continues to grow, data-intensive activities such as streaming video and music, and large-file downloads that can slow everyone down, will be restricted. Doing so helps ensure that high-volume data users onboard the trains do not degrade the experience for others. More information is available at http://www.amtrak.com/journey-with-wi-fi-train-station.
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