Wi-Fi on trains

Parsons has been selected by Canada’s national passenger rail service to provide wireless internet services in their rail stations and first-class lounges.


The US-based engineering and construction firm Parsons has been selected by Canada’s national passenger rail service to provide wireless internet services in their rail stations and first-class lounges as well as on their train routes throughout the Quebec City–Windsor Ontario Corridor.



The five-year contract calls for Parsons to fund, develop, and operate the system – trademarked as Opti-Fi – sharing revenue with VIA Rail once the system becomes profitable.


The system will combine satellite communications, cellular communications and Wi-Fi technology to allow rail passengers to experience continuous Wi-Fi access while on board.


Parsons will provide 22 stations, all VIA1 and Comfort Class cars, and all seven Panorama lounges with the Wi-Fi service.


Parsons has already implemented the Wi-Fi service in two stations, five trains, and four Panorama lounges. Fleet deployment is under way and expected to be complete by November 2006.