Comcast Accelerates Free Xfinity WiFi Rollouts on SEPTA SystemHot Spots Will Be Added At Myriad Station Stops over Next Two Years 10/31/2013 1:37 PM Eastern
Xfinity WiFi is putting more free service on track for SEPTA customers, as part of a plan to make the service available to the system’s subway, bus and trolley riders.
The push to add the service to more stations builds on the partnership between SEPTA and Comcast that began three years ago with the launch of Xfinity WiFi at Center City Regional Rail hubs, including Market East, Suburban, 30th Street, Temple University and University City stations.
Free Xfinity WiFi access became available on Oct. 29 at the 69th Street Transportation Center, which thousands of SEPTA customers use daily to travel on the Market-Frankford Line and the Norristown High Speed Line, as well as buses and the Routes 101 and 102 Trolleys.
Over the next two years, hot spots will be added at all stations on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines, and at several additional locations on the Norristown High Speed Line. There will also be expansion to stations along Regional Rail, including the addition of Xfinity WiFi at Airport Line terminals.
“Consumers want to be able to connect to the Internet both inside and outside of the home and WiFi is part of our strategy to help them do that anywhere and at any time,” said Tom Nagel, senior vice president of business development at Comcast Cable. “Comcast has partnered with SEPTA and we’re very pleased that Xfinity WiFi is the preferred WiFi provider of SEPTA stations.”
Noted SEPTA general manager Joseph Casey: "This is another step in our ongoing effort to enhance the customer experience. This partnership with Comcast gives our riders a high-quality amenity at no cost - to riders or SEPTA's bottom line."
The Xfinity WiFi expansion was flanked by the launch of the official SEPTA App for iPhone, which offers users real-time travel updates and other related information. SEPTA’s in-house IT professionals developed the App for iPhone, and will continue working on improvements and enhancements for future versions.
The SEPTA App for iPhone is free, and is now available for download from Apple’s App Store. The Authority is also in the process of developing an official SEPTA App for Android smart-phone users. The launch of the official SEPTA App for Android is expected in the coming months.