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Utah Transit a True FrontRunner with WiFi Aboard

Utah Transit a True FrontRunner with WiFi Aboard

On April 28, 2008, the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) began full service of the FrontRunner commuter rail line, from Ogden along a 38 mile route south to Salt Lake City. A major feature of this new commuter rail line is onboard WiFi service along the entire route. This is the most significant application of WiFi technology on a commuter rail line in this country, and is among the leaders in the world. The Utah Transportation Center (UTC), at Utah State University, played a significant role in assisting UTA in meeting its goal of having a functioning WiFi system on board the FrontRunner system on the opening day of service. The objective was to provide UTA with expertise in examining solutions for the wireless data link and in evaluating commercially developed systems for mobile WiFi application. Funding for this project was $50,000, provided wholly by the Utah Transportation Center. Chris Winstead, Ph.D., of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department within the College of Engineering at Utah State University, was the lead investigator on this project.