Amtrak and Yahoo! are making it easier to stay connected with the
launch of the first Internet-enabled passenger train service.
Using the Compaq iPAQ PocketPCs provided in the café cars or
coaches, passengers will be able to access to the Web and a host of
Yahoo! services, including Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Finance, and Yahoo!
News — all free of charge.
For the next six months, train cars wrapped in Yahoo!’s signature
purple and yellow colors will dot the landscape along Amtrak’s
routes in the Northeast and the Midwest as well as in Northern
According to Christopher Wu, Wireless Yahoo!, offering Internet
service aboard Amtrak trains is an extension of the company’s
commitment to make Yahoo! services available everywhere and anywhere.
"From Amtrak trains, to commuter planes in Japan, to <wired
taxis> in New York,’ Mr. Wu said, "our latest program is
a visible extension of Yahoo’s commitment to distribute Yahoo!
services through a range of traditional and non-traditional vehicles.
After September 11th, "more and more people are
choosing to travel by train," said Cyndi Darlington, Amtrak’s
assistant vice president for Sales and Marketing, "and by
combining the experience with the latest technology, we are making the
train an even more productive and stress-free way to travel."
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