The New York MTA and Long Island Rail Road railways have recently issued an initial request for information on how to provide wireless broadband services in its stations and trains. LIRR and Metro-North are, respectively, the largest and second largest commuter railroad services in the nation, and offering access to the Internet could certainly be useful for commuters.
But it’s not just the end users who would benefit from the network — the railroads are also interested in examining the possibility of using it for their own operational purposes.
That said, one or both of the railroads may decide to permit a technical trial in the near future. Once that and the necessary documentation are cleared, a decision will be made whether to proceed with a wide scale on-train and/or station wireless broadband implementation.
It certainly sounds promising and we’re looking forward to see where this goes. Hopefully, the trend of providing wireless broadband services to the commuters will expand worldwide…