The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority last week announced it is ditching a plan to expand WiFi access across all its commuter rail lines after residents expressed concern about the monopoles that would be used to provide connectivity.
According to Boston news station WCVB, locals and lawmakers were worried about the height of the proposed poles. MBTA documents indicate the project would have included a trackside network of 320 poles at a height of 75 feet, supported by nearly 400 miles of fiber buried in underground ducts along the commuter rail right of way. The $140 million cost of the project was to be borne by the contractor, BAI Communications.
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