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    wifi in Bart tunnel

    Lving SF, was about 1/3 way thru Bart tunnel when, for some reason did a wi-fi search. It registered on something called "wifi_rail". (open connection) I saved it. By that time i was 3/4 of the way thru. It still saw a no bar signal, but couldn't log on. I don't take BART very often, so won't be able to check again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikethaler
    Lving SF, was about 1/3 way thru Bart tunnel when, for some reason did a wi-fi search. It registered on something called "wifi_rail". (open connection) I saved it. By that time i was 3/4 of the way thru. It still saw a no bar signal, but couldn't log on. I don't take BART very often, so won't be able to check again.
    BART signed a contract a couple months ago to install WiFi for their customers. Here are a few articles:
    http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/20...s20090202.aspx
    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...BA6015KD4C.DTL

    Once the service covers the entire BART system (end of 2010), WiFi Rail plans to give customers 3-and-a-half minutes of free access for every 30 seconds that they watch an advertisement, Hernandez said. Or, they will be able to sign up for ad-free subscriptions at $6 for two hours’ use, $9 a day, $30 a month or $300 a year.
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    Thanx for the link. Since I now am away fm. Bay Area more than half time, i rarely get a local paper.
    As mentioned, when I discover signa, it was so weak it showed no bars. As I exited the tunnel and pulled in West Oakland, lost signal all together. Didn't try again after that.
    Of course there's been cell signal in the SF stations for a long time.

    I don't see this as being viable. Most of the system is above ground where you can get cell signal.
    Has any arrangement been made for someone to "wire" the underground part of the system for cell signal?
    If that happens, wifi, especially at those prices, is dead.

    Info for those not familiar w. BART. The underground part of the system consists of (my very rough estimates) 4-5 miles in Oakland, 3-4 in Bkly, 8 miles under the Bay, and 5 miles in SF (part of which does have signal underground).

    ...mike

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