MBTA Internet (Wifi) on Commuter Rail

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Postby ST214 » Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:46 pm

Because nothing says you've been screwed over with the most delays and you're going to be late anyway......

I'm SURE that the daily riders consider this restitution....

jgeary27 wrote:
I do enjoy this bit:

Q: Why was the Framingham/Worcester line picked as the primary test pilot?

A: For two reasons. First, it provides one of the best opportunities from a geographical perspective to test Wi-Fi capabilities as it runs from Boston to central Massachusetts (Worcester) through various terrains (hills, wooded areas, etc.) Secondly, we are aware that the Framingham/Worcester trains have experienced significant performance issues due mainly to the owner and operator of the line (CSX). For that, we want to offer Framingham/Worcester customers the first opportunity. Our goal is to roll out Wi-Fi service to all lines once we′re able to perfect it.


Dear Worcester Commuter, since you're going to be late anyway, here, have some free internet! :-D
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Postby jgeary27 » Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:04 pm

Well... it's a nice gesture, even if they were going to use Worcester anyway because of topology.
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Postby e-m00 » Mon Jan 28, 2008 4:20 pm

Did anybody notice the bottom left corner of all the maps?

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:D
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Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:05 pm

e-m00 wrote:Did anybody notice the bottom left corner of all the maps?

Image

:D


Legal indemnity for when the railroad isn't...er..."operating" correctly. :wink:
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Postby Hoopyfrood » Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:21 pm

jgeary27 wrote:Dear Worcester Commuter, since you're going to be late anyway, here, have some free internet! :-D


Ha! I thought the same thing when I was reading an article on the WiFi this afternoon at work! :-D

Sadly, it looks like the Fitchburg line has at best mediocre signal quality. Not surprising, really, my cell phone doesn't work for half the ride and I see and hear people cursing their phones all the time in certain areas. Guess our "experience" will be more like dial-up than DSL. :wink:
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Postby concordgirl » Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:36 pm

F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:
e-m00 wrote:Did anybody notice the bottom left corner of all the maps?

Image

:D

I am amused that the name of this forum is spelled correctly and the T maps are not ;-)

Ditto on the Fitchburg cell experience. Btwn Lincoln and Concord is a complete dead zone, and I also drop calls in that tunnel near Waverley...
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Postby concordgirl » Mon Jan 28, 2008 9:43 pm

jgeary27 wrote:T

I do enjoy this bit:

Q: Why was the Framingham/Worcester line picked as the primary test pilot?

A: For two reasons. First, it provides one of the best opportunities from a geographical perspective to test Wi-Fi capabilities as it runs from Boston to central Massachusetts (Worcester) through various terrains (hills, wooded areas, etc.) Secondly, we are aware that the Framingham/Worcester trains have experienced significant performance issues due mainly to the owner and operator of the line (CSX). For that, we want to offer Framingham/Worcester customers the first opportunity. Our goal is to roll out Wi-Fi service to all lines once we′re able to perfect it.



But did you notice how it is still not their fault?? "Due mainly to the owner and operator of the line (CSX)...." ;-)
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Postby frrc » Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:05 am

Not to sound pro CSX (they do have issues), but I get the impression any time there is a delay on the Framingham line, be it a stuck switch or disabled engine, snow storms, CSX is blamed for the issue...
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Postby sery2831 » Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:40 pm

Going off topic! Lets go back to the wifi topic...
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Postby concordgirl » Tue Jan 29, 2008 12:53 pm

I tried to pick up a wifi connection on the 412 this morning but no dice. Guess it was not one of the trainsets where that is being tested right now....
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Postby ags » Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:25 pm

sery2831 wrote:Has anyone seen any stickers on the cars indicating something like wifi here?


Yes. Tonight on train P527 there were two I noticed.
Car 922 -- there is a sticker indicating this to the left of door 1R.
Car 931, left of door 2L.

Here is a picture:

<img src="http://pictures.sprintpcs.com//mmps/RECIPIENT/001_27ea5e1cab7afefb_1/2?inviteToken=aEorJSPtkP5I5hkU0LA0&amp;limitsize=258,258&amp;outquality=90&amp;squareoutput=255,255,255&amp;ext=.jpg&amp;iconifyVideo=true&amp;wm=1">
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Postby Arborway » Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:42 pm

I hope most passengers are smart enough not to do their banking and stuff like that on the train. Depending on the router's security settings (and simple look-over-their-shoulder methods) the trains could become a new place for identity thieves to operate.
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Postby concordgirl » Tue Jan 29, 2008 6:43 pm

And I thought it was there expressly for railfanning purposes ;-)
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Postby Cosmo » Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:09 pm

concordgirl wrote:And I thought it was there expressly for railfanning purposes ;-)


You mean it's NOT??!!?!!? :(

So, ok... if I go back home to Mass (short way from where I live in CT,) and take the Franklin Br from Norwood Central JUST to use the WI-FI...
is that like logging into this forum just to read CONCORDGIRL's comments? :wink:

Seriously, though...do the Franklin branch sets have it yet? What about the Attleboro/Providence trains?
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Postby CSX Conductor » Wed Jan 30, 2008 12:30 pm

I just saw another blip about wi-fi on commuter rail on Channel 7 news. Gotta love how they use old footage, it was a video clip of a train pulling into Rte128 on the Attleboro/Stoughton on a sunny day, rainy now, lol.

And on Channel 7's web-site it shows a picture of an outbound @ Uphams Corner. :wink:

Maybe I need to stop noticing the small things like how in the video above the engineer didn't have the bell on while entering the station, lol.
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