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New Mexico Railrunner launches wifi service

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         Photo by Megan Eaves.

Starting today, passengers on the New Mexico Railrunner Express will be able to surf the internet for free while riding the train.

Railrunner has been testing the free wifi system for the past few months, and up until today, only 50 volunteers had access to the wifi system. However, today, wifi is accessible to everyone with a wifi-capable device, such as a laptop or PDA, on all trains and in each Railrunner station.

I was lucky enough to have business in Santa Fe today, so I boarded the Railrunner excited to test the system out for myself and have found it to be incredibly fast with no glitches, so far.

To access the network, turn on your device and search for a network named "NMRX" and connect. Although Railrunner's website reports that you will be forwarded to a New Mexico Railrunner portal site to accept the terms before you can begin browsing, I was prompted for no such portal and, upon connecting, was taken directly to my usual homepage.

The new wifi service should make commuters, who until yesterday had to bring along their own internet connections to do business on the train, happy as they can now use their commutes for emailing and other online-based businesses.

For fare info and train schedules: Visit the New Mexico Railrunner's website, www.nmrailrunner.com.

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