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AT&T Boosts Wireless Connection for Metra Commuters

AT&T is working to improve Internet coverage along Metra's 11 area train lines, the mobile company announced Tuesday. 

It installed 4G LTE-capable "small cell sites" along each of the 11 Metra lines in the Chicago area, providing smoother and more consistent Internet coverage for commuters. 

"The added sites will provide additional network capacity and boost speeds to give commuters a consistent experience as they move along the train routes," according to an AT&T news release. 

The small cell sites have been installed on utility poles parallel to each route. 

Meanwhile, Metra has been exploring ways to provide free WiFi to its commuters. However, according to news reports last year, it could cost more than $70 million to install wireless internet on all 11 Metra lines over five years. 

Do you use your phone or laptop to connect to the Internet on the train? Should Metra add WiFi to its trains? 
Liz H. January 23, 2014 at 10:32 AM
How 'bout we concentrate on making the rail lines dependable before investing in wifi?! Although it would be handy whole I'm sitting on a damaged train waiting for switches, freight trains, manpower issues.......
Tony Pedretti January 25, 2014 at 10:29 AM
This free WiFi offer is just a distraction from their incompetence. Metra needs to focus on updating the rail infrastructure, making operations more cost effective and after the debacles in 2013 replacing all management that doesn't have a track record of results.
J. Geoff Rove February 03, 2014 at 07:24 PM
ATT has increased their charge for local toll calls, 15+ miles, by 500 percent. Going from 5 cents to 30 cents per MINUTE !

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