Now this is cool. According to Rachel Konrad at AP, the first mass-transit train with wireless Internet whistled through Silicon Valley this week. Gone will be Blackberry wrists for commuters as they wield mighty laptops from their backpacks.
Courtesy of Intel Corp. and Nomad Digital Ltd, the Caltrain light rail delivers WiMAX to riders between Millbrae and Palo Alto. According to Rachel, the train sped at 79 mph while streaming video screams at breakneck broadband speeds.
Trackside base stations and radios support the effort. Plans to outfit the entire line from Gilroy to San Francisco are in the works; so far it's free. Nomad has similar projects in the UK, Holland, and in progress in China, the Middle East and South America.
I exaggerated about the whistled. I think the only train in the area that still whistles is at Roaring Camp & Big Trees RR.