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Amtrak installs Wi-Fi on Milwaukee to Chicago trains

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Riders on Amtrak's popular Milwaukee to Chicago trains are getting a new chance to get some work done online.

Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb announced Monday that Amtrak has installed Wi-Fi Internet service on the Hiawatha line -- plus six other lines throughout the country.

Amtrak's chief marketing officer, Matt Hardison, says free Wi-Fi has helped boost ridership and customer loyalty on other train routes -- and he expects the Hiawatha to be no different.

Wisconsin taxpayers spent about $300,000 as capital costs for the new Wi-Fi on the Hiawatha. Operating costs will run about $86,000 a year.

The Milwaukee-Chicago line has the nation's sixth-highest ridership among Amtrak passenger trains. It attracts around 800,000 riders per year.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)