Woo Woo! Yahoo!23 Jan, 2002 By: Hive News
Yahoo! Inc. and Amtrak have launched the United States' first Internet-enabled passenger trains. The interactive trains will operate on three Amtrak lines, the Acela Regional in the Northeast, Capitols in Northern California and Hiawatha in the Midwest, for up to six months.
The specially equipped cars, swathed in Yahoo!'s purple and yellow colors, the interactive trains went into service today and offer guests access to Yahoo! content and services while on the go via Compaq iPAQ Pocket PCs.
"Compaq is always working to develop innovative products that provide access to the Web anytime, anywhere through a multitude of devices," said Kyle Ranson, VP marketing and strategy, Access Business Group, Compaq Computer Corp. "We are thrilled to work with Yahoo! and Amtrak on this ground-breaking project to deliver the power of the Internet to trains serving some of Amtrak's most popular routes for business travelers."
Complete with wireless modems and Internet service, the Pocket PCs mounted in the cafe cars or coaches let Amtrak riders surf the Web free of charge as they travel. may access Yahoo!'s e-mail, financial, news, sports, weather and movies sites without additional train fares or fees.
"From Amtrak trains to commuter planes in Japan and wired taxis in New York, our latest program is a visible extension of Yahoo!'s commitment to distribute Yahoo! services through a range of traditional and nontraditional vehicles and give consumers everything they need to communicate and organize their lives everywhere they go," said , Wireless Yahoo spokesman Christopher Wu. "Amtrak trains connect their guests on the go with the nation's top destinations, and now Yahoo! can go with them. We are thrilled to be working with Amtrak and Compaq to help millionsof Yahoo! users stay on top of their business and personal lives while traveling in the comfort of a train."
About 65,000 riders a day travel on Amtrak trains. The Acela Regional has service between Washington, D.C. and Boston. The Capitols run between Sacramento, through Oakland and to San Jose. The Hiawatha service connects downtown Chicago to downtown Milwaukee in 90 minutes, six times a day, six days a week.