Currently, BART offers a sad excuse for WiFi through a contract with WiFi Rail. Forty-four of BART's 669 train cars are equipped with weak, unreliable service. WiFi Rail chargers commuters for wifi and requires some users to watch advertisements.
"The fact is, we are dealing with a vendor that has had trouble coming up with the capital needed to fulfill the contract," Paul Oversier, BART's assistant general manager for operations, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
In a typical logical twist, the minds behind BART's current disastrous WiFi were hired to provide the brand new service. Thanks to a nearly $2.5 million contract, Oakland-based WiFi Rail will soon become the largest high bandwidth mobile Internet LAN in the U.S., according to the WiFi Rail web site.
The project will be funded in part by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
"We completely failed to deliver on our last contract, so give us another $2.5M and we'll try again."