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Old 09-03-2010, 03:05 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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NJ Transit seeks to add WiFi to rail lines, train stations | Philadelphia Inquirer | 09/02/2010

Its about time Boston and a few other Regional Rail agencies have had wifi on Trains for a few years....And Amtrak has had on a few lines since 2004.
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Nice but who will be paying for it??
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Elsewhere
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Nice but who will be paying for it??
Well, my monthly train ticket went up $60 in May...
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Old 09-03-2010, 07:26 AM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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No cost , i think its the same for the NYC subway wifi program. Amtrak was going to have wifi at Newark , Metropark , Trenton but decided not to due that.
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Well, my monthly train ticket went up $60 in May...
I don't think that increase had anything to do with WiFi....as long as they aren't going to be looking to taxes to fund it that's fine
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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It could be paid for through sponsorships and ad revenue. NJT commuters to NYC are a pretty attractive marketing demographic.
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:37 PM
 
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I don't think that increase had anything to do with WiFi....as long as they aren't going to be looking to taxes to fund it that's fine
I don't think it did, either, but then again, I don't recall that they ever fully explained why it was going up so much except that they had a $300 million shortfall and the state was cutting the $33 million subsidy.
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:42 PM
 
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It could be paid for through sponsorships and ad revenue. NJT commuters to NYC are a pretty attractive marketing demographic.
That would be OK. I get tired of looking at the same posters on the train every day.

I hate the ones for Tourette's Syndrome. There's one with this picture of this obnoxious-looking little boy with a mother's finger pointing at him that says, "Maybe he can't 'just stop it'. Maybe it's TS." Understand their point but there's something about the kid's face that you just wish you could slap it.

Time for new ads.
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:42 PM
 
Location: NJ
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The Amtrak Acela trains started offering WiFi this past February. The connection is usually pretty bad. It is actually slower than dial-up. How do these train wifi systems work? Does the train have a main router that connects to local cellular towers as it moves along?
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Old 09-03-2010, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Martinsville, NJ
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No cost , i think its the same for the NYC subway wifi program. Amtrak was going to have wifi at Newark , Metropark , Trenton but decided not to due that.
No cost? What does that mean? There's no such thing as "NO COST". It costs SOMETHING to install & maintain a WIFI system on the trains. That cost is going to come from either the several hundred million dollars in subsidy money NJ Transit gets from the taxpayers every year, or from an increase in fares. Either way, It's got to be paid for.

Another possibility is that the existance of WIFI on the trains will convince more people to use the system, and the increased ticket sales will pay for the WIFI. Do we know if that's expected?
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