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WMATA pilots Wi-Fi service at six rail stations


The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) yesterday announced the launch of free public Wi-Fi at six rail stations as part of a pilot program.

The service will be available for 45 days, after which it will be suspended while the pilot is evaluated, WMATA officials said in a press release.

As part of the Wi-Fi pilot, riders will be able to test the new "Where's My Train?" feature, which allows customers to view an interactive map with real time train arrival information.

Rider feedback on the Wi-Fi service will be used to assess the pilot program. WMATA's goal is to deploy the service at all 91 Metrorail stations in the future.

"We are listening to our customers’ ideas about ways to improve their experience riding Metro," said WMATA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul Wiedefeld. "Having free access to Wi-Fi while on the platforms at Metrorail stations will allow customers to stay better connected while they travel."

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