the last year, internet access has been added to places where
travelers traditionally had no service. The most important place to
get internet access was in aircraft. Gogo internet access from
Aircell is now installed on some aircraft in most
major airlines fleets and the internet connectivity is being
added to more flights all the time.
Internet access in the
air allows business people to continue work while sitting on the
plane eliminating downtime and increasing productivity. Some
automotive manufacturers are also offering in
car Wi-Fi as an option allowing all the passengers to get an
internet connection when needed. Internet access is also coming to
another type of mass transit -- trains.
Amtrak has announced
that it will be adding
Wi-Fi to some of its train routes for free (for now). The caveat
is that once riders are hooked, Amtrak will likely start charging.
Starting in March, Wi-Fi will be offered on Acela trains that travel
between Boston, New York, and Washington.
The addition of
Wi-Fi on trains is a way for the trains to compete with airlines that
commonly offer Wi-Fi on the same routes today. Amtrak spokesperson
Cliff cole said, "That's [the need to compete with airlines]
part of it. It's more about our initiatives to add services for our
passengers and create a better riding experience."
train ride from New York to Washington takes nearly three hours and
the new Wi-Fi access will let riders stay productive while riding the
nation's railways. Amtrak has plans to add Wi-Fi to Northeast
regional trains as well and eventually access will be offered outside
of the East Coast.
quote: Given their outrageous ticket prices in the NY-DC corridor, yet they still lose money.
quote: Have you ever taken the train for a trip similar to the one in question?
quote: PS. I wonder how much money the government puts into air traffic (directly or indirectly). Airports are not cheap and then there is the ATC plus the money spend on military tech that helps develop flight tech. essential benefiting civilian air travel...
quote: But besides your point, when was the last time you heard of an airport, or highway for that matter, losing money for the government?
quote: When was the last time you heard of an airport or a road which made money for the government? We pay for all sorts of infrastructure through taxes...As for roads they may not need people to do the actual transporting of passengers but they cost money to build, maintain and so on. I would be surprised if road does not cost a lot more per citizen than trains.a
quote: On a different note, it is a little tasteless to show a train wreck image to advertise this article.
quote: but for the short term upgrading airport security is a couple of orders of magnitude cheaper.
quote: Why do we need to pay to upgrade it at all?? Let the airlines provide their own security or get out of the flight service business.