Commuter rail trains will soon get a WiFi upgrade. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
The MBTA Commuter Rail WiFi service will be improved thanks to a new license agreement with inMOTION Wireless, the T announced on Thursday.
MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott on Thursday signed the agreement, which will bring a state-of-the-art WiFi system to the MBTA’s sprawling network of fourteen Commuter Rail lines.
Transit officials said the upgrade comes at no cost to the MBTA or its customers, though inMOTION Wireless, Inc. will build a $5.6 million system that will expand and improve both the availability and quality of the existing WiFi service.
The new WiFi service will also be provided on MBTA Commuter Boats and South, North, and Back Bay Stations, T officials said.
“This is a very exciting time for our Commuter Rail system,” said Scott. “While the introduction of new locomotives and new coaches will continue to improve on-time performance rates, customer service initiatives like WiFi and eTicketing make the overall commuting experience an even better one.”
Under the new 22-year license agreement, inMOTION will install, operate, and maintain a neutral, private, and dedicated WiFi network on all MBTA passenger coaches and ferries, a T spokesman said.
MBTA customers will have free access to the internet, as well as a live television feed. Premium WiFi service, which allows customers to stream data and video, will be available for a fee of $15 per month.
The MBTA will receive 7.5 percent of net revenue received from the WiFi program.
Nearly 140,000 passenger trips are made each weekday on the MBTA’s Commuter Rail network. Installation work will begin this fall, and the full system will be in place within eighteen months.