Caltrain rejects Wi-Fi bids

The Caltrain Board of Directors has voted this week to reject two bids for Wi-Fi service on commuter trains.

“Neither bid met the desired results that Caltrain was looking for,'' spokesman Jonah Weinberg said today.

One bid demanded too much infrastructure and another didn't meet the service standards desired by Caltrain, Weinberg said.

Caltrain has invested more than $1 million to research and test Wi-Fi during a short period last year.

The closed test took place aboard one train and lasted two or three months and was considered a success in its limited 8-mile stretch of track.

Service has apparently not been hurt by the lack of Internet access.

“We have some trains that are pretty much at capacity,'' Weinberg said.

The Thursday vote is not the end of the concept. Weinberg said Caltrain still hopes to eventually roll it out as part of a more comprehensive communication package.

— Bay City News

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