South Shore testing free Wi-Fi on some cars through the fall

CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) — The South Shore commuter rail is making Wi-Fi available to passengers on 10 high-capacity cars that often are used at rush hour.

Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District spokesman John Parsons tells The (Munster) Times that testing will continue through the fall before any decisions are made on expanding Wi-Fi to more cars or the entire fleet. He says reaction so far has been positive.

He says each car with Wi-Fi has signs alerting passengers to the service.

Wi-Fi is free to passengers, and Parsons said the plan is to keep it that way, even if the service is expanded.

He says the Wi-Fi units and installation cost roughly $1,600 per car. The internet connection costs the carrier $45 per car per month.

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