Man using wireless device at Penn Station

Weekend round-up

Some stories you may have missed last week: Amtrak pilots enhanced WiFi at stations, Taiwan tests a hybrid ferry, and Boulder considers a gondola.

Amtrak is piloting upgraded WiFi service at two stations: Baltimore Penn Station (MD) and Chicago Union Station (IL). “These improvements are a much-anticipated boost for our customers as the wireless connectivity in-station should be similar to what customers experience on their home networks, and will ensure they stay connected throughout their journey,” said Jason Molfetas, executive vice president of marketing and business development, in a statement.

The Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung launched a hybrid electric ferry, replacing the original diesel engine with an electric propulsion system. Finnish manufacturer Visedo OY worked with Taiwan’s Ship and Ocean Industries R&D Center to complete the retrofit. “Given the geography, ferries are a vital mode of public transport across East and Southeast Asia but they are also the most energy intensive per kilometer traveled,” said Visedo CEO Kimmo Rauma in a statement. “Until now, diesel ferries have been a dirty but necessary part of life around harbors like Kaohsiung.”

Business leaders in Boulder (CO) have proposed a gondola to connect downtown Boulder with University Hill. The Downtown Boulder Partnership, the Boulder Chamber, and several city council members are pursuing the idea. “We need to think outside the box,” said John Tayer, CEO of the Chamber. “We need to start getting creative with our solutions to traffic issues, and this one has worked in other communities. We’ve seen that it moves people efficiently, and it’s fun.” Link to full story in Daily Camera.

Photo source: Amtrak

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