Washington, D.C.'s Metro riders now will be able to do a bit more with their personal devices when in transit.
The Washington area's beleaguered Metro system announced it has launched free public Wi-Fi at six stations as part of a pilot program.
Metro Center, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, Union Station, Archives and L'Enfant Plaza will all carry free Wi-Fi for 45 days. After that, service will be suspended so Metro can evaluate the program and evaluate if Wi-Fi service will be expanded to all 91 stations.
"We are listening to our customers' ideas about ways to improve their experience riding Metro," Paul Wiedefeld, the transit agency's general manager, said in a statement Monday.
"Having free access to Wi-Fi while on the platforms at Metrorail stations will allow customers to stay better connected while they travel. We are excited to launch the pilot and hear from our customers about their experience."
Users also are encouraged to submit feedback at the bottom of the landing page.
Metro says the level of service will depend on how many people are signed onto it. Users also will be responsible for their own data security.
Metro is in the middle of a major rebuilding program to try to shore up the system after major problems, including a fatal incident in January 2015, and a derailment last month. The system is under pressure from Congress as well as the Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration to fix its infrastructure and safety measures.