Using any laptop computer or Wi-Fi-enabled device, Amtrak Cascades passengers traveling between Vancouver, B.C., and Eugene, Ore., are now able to connect to the Internet for general Web surfing and access to e-mail.

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Amtrak has entered the cyberworld.

Using any laptop computer or Wi-Fi-enabled device, Amtrak Cascades passengers traveling between Vancouver, B.C., and Eugene, Ore., are now able to connect to the Internet for general Web surfing and access to e-mail.

The free Wi-Fi service, which began Tuesday, will also allow passengers to access corporate networks through most standard Virtual Private Networks (VPN).

More than 838,000 travelers rode the Amtrak Cascades’ route in 2010 setting a 16-year high for total ridership. Wi-Fi service has been the most-requested amenity by passengers.

Unlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks.

Access will be free during the introductory period, and then the system will be reviewed.

Amtrak Cascades is the second route in the Amtrak fleet to install a full-train Wi-Fi network. Amtrak’s Acela Express service in the Northeast launched Wi-Fi on all 20 trains in March 2010.

Amtrak Cascades has three daily round trips between Portland and Seattle; one daily round trip between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., and between Portland and Vancouver, B.C.; and daily service between Eugene and Seattle, via Portland.

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