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MBTA to install WiFi on all commuter rail lines
By Noah Bierman, Globe Staff
The MBTA board approved a $1.4 million plan to install wireless Internet access in 258 coaches traveling on all of its commuter rail lines.
Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced the deal today at the regular board meeting of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in Boston. In a pilot program that began in January, free wireless Internet access has been available along the Worcester/Framingham rail line to South Station.
The program officially begins Wednesday, but many riders have noticed they already have Internet access in some train cars.
The installation of the wireless equipment will begin in December and should be complete by late spring. After the initial $1.4 million cost, the system will cost $300,000 annually to maintain, officials said.
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