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Valley Metro Tests Light Rail Wi-Fi

 Wi-Fi internet service in coffee shops, airports and restaurants may seem standard, but what about public transportation? 

The Valley’s light rail is testing out a public Wi-Fi service in two of its trains this month. Riders can look for a purple decal indicating if the train they're on is part of the trial.

Valley Metro spokesperson Ann Glaser said anyone who has used the service is invited to leave their feedback online.

“Then that way it can be evaluated and we can use that feedback to determine how we want to move forward next," Glaser said.

Glaser said Wi-Fi service could be extended to all trains by late 2017 or early 2018.

About three years ago, the City of Phoenix tried Wi-Fi out on two of its RAPID commuter buses. A spokesperson from the city said it has no immediate plans to extend Wi-Fi to other buses, but could consider it down the road.

Mariana Dale rustles up stories as a senior field correspondent based out of KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau in Tempe. She’s followed a microphone onto cattle ranches, to the Dominican Republic and many places in between. Dale believes in a story’s strength to introduce us to diverse perspectives, inspire curiosity and hold public leaders accountable for their actions. She started at KJZZ on the digital team in 2016 and still spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage with our community online. Dale has learned from stints at Arizona Public Media, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic and as an intern at NPR’s Morning Edition in Culver City. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Dale is grateful for the mentoring of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program and AIR’s New Voices Scholars. A desert native, she loves spending time outside hiking, tending to her cactus and reading.