Greater City Providence

Free WiFi on the MBTA


According to the MBTA website, they will be rolling out free WiFi on all commuter rail systems in the Spring!

Based on our successful pilot program on the Framingham/Worcester Line, the MBTA is proud to offer its commuter rail customers first in the nation FREE Wi-Fi service via the MBTA”²s Commuter Rail Connect initiative. Beginning December 2008, wireless routers will be installed on coaches throughout the entire commuter rail network. Once completed, all 13 lines will feature at least two coaches on each train set that will be Wi-Fi enabled. The program is expected to be completed by the end of Spring of 2009. Until then, approximately 30 coaches per month will be installed. These coaches will be “turned on” as soon as they installed allowing riders to access the Internet via a laptop or other wireless device. The newly Wi-Fi enabled coaches will be distributed throughout the commuter rail net work based on operational needs.

We hope you enjoy this FREE service.

Matthew Coolidge

Matthew Coolidge is co-founder of Greater City Providence. In addition to the occasional blog post about cycling, sailing, or urban rant, he works as an Electrical Engineer, often traveling to major cities and ports around the globe, or simply Warwick.


  • Last time I took the train to Boston I kept losing 3G connectivity on my iPhone. WiFi would be a welcome addition to my trip.

  • I’m posting via MBTA wifi on my iPhone right now. The signal strength is pretty good and by phone found it automagically. I just was brought to a page to click accept the terms and I was off and running.

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