July 15--Transit riders now have Wi-Fi access on all light-rail trains run by the Valley Transportation Authority.
"It's up and running after a week of testing," spokeswoman Brandi Childress said Thursday. "We're good to go."
The VTA says it is the first mass transit agency in the world to offer passengers an all-4G wireless network -- a faster connection service than any used elsewhere.
The agency had been testing Wi-Fi access on its three daily express trains that began running last fall. Now the Internet service will be available on its entire fleet.
Plans are also under way to add Wi-Fi on VTA express buses later this year or by early 2012.
"Free onboard Wi-Fi is rapidly becoming expected by passengers across the country," VTA General Manager Michael Burns said, "and one amenity that has been most requested when it comes to making public transit a more appealing option to nonriders here in Silicon Valley."
This weekend the VTA will give away two tickets to Tuesday's game between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers plus two Caltrain passes to a rider using Wi-Fi while on the train.
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