Free Wi-Fi service at CTA stations expanded on Blue Line


Free Wi-Fi network service to all downtown Blue and Red Line station platforms was announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. today.

CTA’s new, fast free Wi-Fi service means rider may quickly access the internet, download media and large files without using their data from their monthly wireless service packages.

“Chicago has taken the next technological step toward keeping commuters fully connected in our fast-paced, digital world,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This service will benefit all passengers who rely on our rail system to get to work, school and to destinations across our great city every day."

Station platforms now equipped with the new Wi-Fi service include:

  • Blue Line: Division, Chicago, Grand, Clark/Lake, Washington, Monroe, Jackson, LaSalle and Clinton.
  • Red Line: North/Clybourn, Clark/Division, Chicago/State, Grand, Lake, Monroe, Jackson, Harrison and Roosevelt.

The Blue Line’s Belmont and Logan Square stations will be equipped with Wi-Fi by late May.

The cost of this new Wi-Fi service in all Red and Blue line subway stations is approximately $1 million and was paid out of CTA’s operating budget.

In 2015, the City of Chicago became the largest public transit system in North America to provide transit riders with full 4G wireless coverage. Riders now have wireless coverage throughout CTA’s entire 22 miles of subway and tunnels.

“We aim to provide the best possible connectivity for our customers and this new Wi-Fi system allows us to offer that amenity,” said CTA President Carter. “We believe this Wi-Fi service will make taking public transit an even more appealing option for our customers.”





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