NJ Transit approves wifi for its trains

Wi-Fi access New Jersey Transit’s rail commuters in stations and on trains won’t be free for everyone.

The agency’s board voted Wednesday to approve a deal with Cablevision Systems Corp. to wire stations, platforms and train cars by the end of 2016.

A Cablevision spokeswoman says Cablevision subscribers will be able to use the wireless service as part of their subscription package. The spokeswoman says non-subscribers will be charged a “reasonable” fee that has yet to be determined.

The 20-year contract with Cablevision isn’t costing NJ Transit any money.

The first phase of the project will hook up major stations such as Newark Penn Station, Hoboken and Secaucus by year’s end. Other stations and rail cars will follow by line.

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