Just as roll-on bike service is coming to Amtrak
trains on the Blue Water line, adding Wi-Fi service on all Amtrak trains in Michigan will start in early 2014. AmtrakConnect will make Michigan the first state in the Midwest to bring this amenity to all its rail passengers.
The Michigan Department of Transportation
(MDOT) is investing close to $1 million for Wi-Fi installation. MDOT anticipates broadening the range of amenities available to riders will also broaden potential ridership in the state.
"The addition of Wi-Fi service will make Amtrak rides more productive and comfortable, helping riders capitalize on some down-time to work on a report, catch up on e-mails or simply visit some favorite websites," says MDOT spokesman Nick Schirripa.
As of September 6, bicycles are now accepted aboard the Blue Water line, which operates daily between Port Huron and Chicago via East Lansing and Kalamazoo. The modified railcars are unique to the Midwest.
"With Amtrak service available to some of Michigan’s large state universities, including Michigan State, this will be a great service for college students traveling between school and home or work," notes Schirripa.
Source: Nick Schirripa, Michigan Department of Transportation
Writer: Veronica Gracia-Wing, Innovation News
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