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Wi-Fi to go

One of the single most logical moves these days for transport operations – whether private like Greyhound buses or sort of public like Amtrak, is to provide free wi-fi service. Now, in many instances, both of them do.

Amtrak now reports, of its Vancouver-Eugene northwest run: “Amtrak Cascades® now connects you to more than your destination. Our customers asked for Wi-Fi service, and we answered by equipping every Amtrak Cascades train from Vancouver, B.C. to Eugene, Oregon with FREE wireless Internet service. Now you can stay connected to the office, e-mail, entertainment, and anywhere else the Internet takes you along your route. Just remember to pack your laptop, smartphone, and other portable Wi-Fi-enabled devices the next time you travel. ”

Linda this week took the Greyhound bus south from Salem to northern California, to visit family. After boarding she discovered the bus had free wi-fi, and electric outlets for her computer. She stayed in touch with the world at large the whole trip, and sent messages along the way.

Which providers will be next? Would make sense that they all will be, eventually.

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