Amtrak offers free Wi-Fi on Midwest trains

February 10, 2014 (CHICAGO)

AmtrakConnect now offers free Wi-Fi to train passengers traveling through the Midwest.

"We continually look for ways to improve the customer experience on board our trains. The availability of a free Wi-Fi service that delivers the speeds and connectivity passengers are looking for is yet one more way to achieve this goal and maintain a competitive position among transportation providers," said Matt Hardison, Amtrak chief marketing and sales officer, in a statement.

AmtrakConnect utilizes multiple cellular providers under contracts with the states of Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. This brings the Wi-Fi coverage to about 85 percent passengers across the national network, Amtrak said.

    Midwest Service routes with Wi-Fi:
  • Lincoln Service: Chicago-Springfield-St. Louis (expanding to all four round-trips);
  • Illini/Saluki: Chicago-Champaign-Carbondale; Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg: Chicago-Galesburg-Quincy;
  • Wolverine Service: Chicago-Ann Arbor-Detroit-Pontiac; Blue Water: Chicago-East
  • Lansing-Port Huron; Pere Marquette: Chicago-Holland-Grand Rapids;
  • Missouri River Runner: St. Louis-Jefferson City-Kansas City
  • Hiawatha Service: Chicago-Milwaukee

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