Amtrak is launching a high-speed WiFi network

Posted Jun 10, 2014

Amtrak is creating its own high-speed WiFi network for passengers on its Northeast Corridor lines. The network would offer a boost in speeds from the current 10Mbps to a minimum of 25Mbps, which spans the entire 457-mile stretch of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor running from Boston to New York to Washington D.C.

Amtrak is accepting bids to build a proof-of-concept version of the project. Amtrak is hoping to start constructing a test program in Winter 2014/2015. Amtrak currently offers the AmtrakConnect WiFi on select lines, which covers around 85% of its riders. However, it does not support high-bandwidth for supporting music streaming, video streaming, or downloading large files.

The bids to create the network will be accepted until July 28th. The National Association of Railroad Passengers reported that the network will offer speeds of up to 100Mbps by 2019.