- The Washington Times - Monday, August 29, 2016

It just got easier to check your email, send texts and scroll through social media on the region’s subway trains.

Metro on Monday began offering free public Wi-Fi at six stations as part of a pilot program. The six stations are: Metro Center, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, Union Station, Archives and L’Enfant Plaza.

The service will be available for 45 days, after which it will be suspended so Metro can evaluate the pilot program and decide if it’s worth spreading throughout the system.

“We are listening to our customers’ ideas about ways to improve their experience riding Metro,” said Paul Wiedefeld, the transit agency’s general manager. “Having free access to Wi-Fi while on the platforms at Metrorail stations will allow customers to stay better connected while they travel. We are excited to launch the pilot and hear from our customers about their experience.”

To access the Wi-Fi, riders will be directed to a customized landing page that will connects to Metro’s Trip Planner, Next Train and Customer Assistance features.

Metro said the level of service will vary based on how many people are signed into it and users will be responsible for data security.

The service will include access to a test feature called “Where’s My Train?” — an interactive map with real-time information on train arrival times.

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