ApproachMedium wrote:Its not about the towers that support the wifi so much, as the cars that support it. Right now only Amfleet 1 equiptment has it installed . . .
Having the towers along the railroad is not something the railroad really has much pull for, Verizon is not going to install a 4G LTE tower along a ROW that sees two trains a day that will use it.
Thanks for the info. But are you sure there aren't a few gaps where Amtrak got new cell towers put up even if it had to pay for them? (Meanwhile, I'm thinking that the cost of cell technology must continue to plummet even at the tower end of the signals.)
It still suggests that more corridor trains would help the LD trains get coverage. The Empire Corridor NYC-Buffalo has it for the NYC-Buffalo trains and the Maple Leaf
, and so for that portion the Lake Shore
gets a free ride with Wi-Fi. The Lake Shore
also gets signals from Chicago into Indiana, where it splits off from the Michigan services. If you had two more daily roundtrips on the Chicago-Toledo-Cleveland corridor, it would be worth it to pay for a few more cell towers along the way.
Anyway, aren't all the single-level cars Wi-Fi able now? Even the Viewliners? Just to run on the NEC they'd need it, then add the Empire Corridor, the Keystones, the Lynchburger and Richmond trains that have it.
And now the CONO
is 1/3rd ready to follow along, and the Coast Starlight
, so some Superliner equipment will need to get Wi-Fi installed too. I see it could get complicated out West, where so many trains share the equipment pool. But if we're getting to the point where the answer is, "No M'am. The Cascades
trains do have Wi-Fi but we don't have it on the Starlight
. . ." well, that's not gonna be a good point to arrive at.