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Originally published February 1, 2011 at 7:35 PM | Page modified February 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM

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Amtrak rolls out Wi-Fi on Cascades route

Using any laptop computer or Wi-Fi-enabled device, Amtrak Cascades passengers traveling between Vancouver, B.C., and Eugene, Ore., are now able to connect to the Internet for general Web surfing and access to e-mail.

Amtrak has entered the cyberworld.

Using any laptop computer or Wi-Fi-enabled device, Amtrak Cascades passengers traveling between Vancouver, B.C., and Eugene, Ore., are now able to connect to the Internet for general Web surfing and access to e-mail.

The free Wi-Fi service, which began Tuesday, will also allow passengers to access corporate networks through most standard Virtual Private Networks (VPN).

More than 838,000 travelers rode the Amtrak Cascades' route in 2010 setting a 16-year high for total ridership. Wi-Fi service has been the most-requested amenity by passengers.

Access will be free during the introductory period, and then the system will be reviewed.

Amtrak Cascades is the second route in the Amtrak fleet to install a full-train Wi-Fi network. Amtrak's Acela Express service in the Northeast launched Wi-Fi on all 20 trains in March 2010.

Amtrak Cascades has three daily round trips between Portland and Seattle; one daily round trip between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., and between Portland and Vancouver, B.C.; and daily service between Eugene and Seattle, via Portland.

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