Boston travelers get free WIFI in MBTA’s South Station

MBTA customers can now surf the web at South Station. PHOTO BY COURTNEY SACCO/METRO
MBTA customers can now surf the web at South Station. PHOTO BY COURTNEY SACCO/METRO

Starting today, free WiFi access will be available throughout South Station, courtesy of Google.

Google, Biederman Redevelopment Ventures Corp. and the MBTA partnered to build the infrastructure for a free public WiFi service inside South Station, the largest train station in Greater Boston. This new network will provide Internet access to hundreds of thousands of Boston­area residents who commute through this important transportation hub.

“Google is excited and proud to provide the infrastructure for free WiFi for the first time inside South Station and to support the Greater Boston community,” said Steve Vinter, Engineering Director for Google. “We understand that people want to stay connected from anywhere, at any time, from any device. As a major hub for Boston area residents, the new WiFi network at South Station will allow hundreds of thousands of commuters to be even more productive online each day.”

“We’re thrilled to partner with Google and MBTA on the creation this free public WiFi network in South Station. As we watch this area of Boston surge with new businesses, more and more people pass through the station each day and they will appreciate this new amenity,” said Ted Furst, Project Manager for BRV Corp.

“Anything that improves our customers’ transit experience is a good thing,” said MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott. “By coupling this new initiative with the WiFi service provided on Commuter Rail trains, the MBTA is keeping its customers connected from the moment they enter South Station to the time they exit trains.”

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