Hiawatha Trains May Get Wi-Fi

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014  |  Updated 6:46 AM CDT
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UPDATE: Chicago-Hub Amtrak Trains Get Free Wifi

There may be good news on the horizon for Amtrak riders who want to stay connected to the Internet while traveling between Milwaukee and Chicago.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is completing contract negotiations to add Wi-Fi capability to the trains, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

Chicago commuters only have the capability on select trains that run the Lincoln Service to and from St. Louis.

Officials from the State of Michigan and Amtrak last week announced that cellular-based WiFi service would be in all Michigan trains by early 2014.

Many trains on the east and west coasts already offer WiFi service.

The Hiawatha service has seen increased ridership in recent years. Nearly 80,000 passengers took the route in July, more than any month in the route's history.  The 89-minute trip is covered by seven trains a day in each direction, with stops at the Intermodal Station in downtown Milwaukee, Mitchell International Airport, Sturtevant, Glenview, Ill., and Union Station in Chicago.

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