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Here you’ll find links to news items that are relevant to the work we do at Xentrans, as well as our own press releases and blog entries.

Xentrans chosen for DART Wi-Fi Study

Xentrans chosen for DART Wi-Fi Study

July 10, 2017 – Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has chosen Xentrans, Inc. to conduct a feasibility study for the deployment of Wi-Fi across its fleet of vehicles in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. DART operates buses, light rail, commuter rail, and high-occupancy vehicle lanes in Dallas and 12 of its suburbs, and is the largest light rail operator in the United States, with 93 miles of track. DART carries more than 220,000 passengers per day across its 700-square-mile service area....

SMART selects Xentrans for passenger Wi-Fi initiative

SMART selects Xentrans for passenger Wi-Fi initiative

July 8, 2016 – Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) has chosen Xentrans, Inc. to project manage an initiative to procure and deploy passenger Wi-Fi on board its brand-new fleet of Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs). SMART is a new passenger rail system scheduled for launch by the end of 2016, providing commuter transportation in Sonoma and Marin counties in Northern California. The Wi-Fi solution is being procured ahead of launch so that it will be installed and fully operational prior...

Caltrain chooses Xentrans for Wireless Network Planning


December 22, 2014 – Caltrain has renewed a contract with Xentrans for the research and planning of a passenger Wi-Fi service on board commuter trains between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The award is an extension of an existing contact for technical consulting services for wireless networks. Caltrain is exploring a range of technologies including cellular and trackside for delivering Internet connectivity to trains. It is hoped that the research will culminate with the issue of a Request for Proposals in the future....

Xentrans selected for San Diego Bus Wi-Fi Project


March 4, 2014 – San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)  has selected Xentrans author a Request for Proposals and accompanying Statement of Work for the deployment of Wi-Fi on board BRT (Bus as Rapid Transit) vehicles in the Greater San Diego Area. SANDAG plans to run a twelve-month trial of one or more Wi-Fi solution on a limited number of vehicles, with the intention of expanding to the entire fleet in the future. SANDAG serves as the forum for regional decision-making....

Amtrak selects Xentrans for wireless network consulting services


January 16, 2014 – Amtrak has awarded Xentrans a contract to assist the national rail operator’s Passenger Experience team in developing numerous projects that require technical and market expertise in high speed trackside mobile data networking. The scope includes cellular, trackside, and satellite broadband technologies – as well as systems for on-board passenger information and entertainment. “As the national passenger rail operator, Amtrak recognizes the importance of wireless communications on board its fleet,” said Jim Baker, Xentrans CEO and founder. “I...

Xentrans selected by Cablevision for New York rail Wi-Fi

Xentrans selected by Cablevision for New York rail Wi-Fi

June 12, 2013 – Cablevision – the New York-based cable services provider –  has selected Xentrans to assist in the roll out of Wi-Fi on New Jersey Transit (NJT) trains in the Greater New York area. The plan, approved by the NJT Board today, will give rail travelers wireless Internet access in stations, on platforms and onboard trains by the end of 2016. Xentrans will author and prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP) to attract the most qualified and competitive vendors,...

Xentrans approved for Metra rail Wi-Fi in Chicago

Xentrans approved for Metra rail Wi-Fi in Chicago

January 18, 2013 – The Board of Metra, Chicago’s commuter rail agency, voted to award a contract to Xentrans to provide Project Management Oversight (PMO) and support a pilot of Wi-Fi on trains. Xentrans will conduct a needs analysis and business case study, author and prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP) to attract the most qualified and competitive vendors, help evaluate proposals, and provide systems integration support once a vendor has been selected. The project is expected to commence in...

Metra eyes tech firm to bring Wi-Fi aboard


Chicago Tribune, Thursday January 17, 2013 – Metra may hire a San Francisco-based technology company to help bring wireless Internet service aboard commuter trains, officials said. Officials are seeking approval of a $200,000 contract with Xentrans Inc. to manage a Wi-Fi pilot project on one of Metra’s 11 lines, possibly this year, according to a staff memo. “Given the value of Wi-Fi as an enhancement to the customer riding experience, and the nearly universal application of this technology at other transportation...

Apple selects Xentrans for Bus Wi-Fi initiative

Apple selects Xentrans for Bus Wi-Fi initiative

May 5, 2012 – Apple, Inc. has contracted Marin County-based Xentrans, Inc. to design a technical specification for in-vehicle Wi-Fi services aboard its fleet of over 100 buses that ferry employees from around the San Francisco Bay Area into the Cupertino-based company’s headquarters. Apple has also retained Xentrans to author a Request for Proposals (RFP) that will be issued to prospective vendors, and assess responses. “I’ve been working with Apple for over twenty-five years on various projects,” said Xentrans founder...

Xentrans shortlisted for CTF 2012 Transportation Awards


April 25th 2012 – Xentrans has been shorted as a finalist in the California Transportation Foundation 23rd Annual Transportation Awards, to be held in Sacramento on May 23 2012. The awards recognize outstanding transportation projects, people, programs, and organizations of 2011. The Santa Clara VTA Wi-Fi project has been selected as a finalist for the Transit Project of the Year category, and Xentrans has been nominated along with SCVTA, and supplier Wi-Fi in Motion. Xentrans project managed the deployment of Wi-Fi for passengers...