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MBTA to test WiFi on commuter-rail line

This week, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will launch a wireless fidelity (WiFi) pilot program on the Worcester/Framingham commuter-rail line.

The program will enable commuters to access the Internet through laptop computers, cellular phones, PDAs and other WiFi-enabled devices during their commutes to and from Boston’s South Station.

Each of the 41 weekday trains that operate on the line will include at least one WiFi-enabled coach car. MBTA will use feedback from passengers to “maximize the technology’s benefits,” the agency said.

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