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Wi-Fi for Riders on City Buses?

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) is now testing Wi-Fi on some selected routes in the city. In its effort to keep commuters connected, LADOT is monitoring the usage coverage, reliability and potential for this expansion.

Back in 2013, LADOT announced the proposed plan to bring Wi-Fi to the transit system. They issued a survey asking riders to give their opinion and thoughts. This isn’t LADOT’s first attempt at introducing Wi-Fi to the transit community. In 2008, LADOT rejected the notion, saying it was too expensive to pursue. However, with the demand to “stay connect always” they have changed their minds.

This is not the first time a bus service has offered riders the opportunity to connect to 4G speeds. The Orange County Transport  Authority (OCTA) has already launched their “Route 701 WiFi Pilot Program.” LAGBUS Asset Management Limited out of Nigeria also offers their local “Metro Bus” commuters’ Wi-Fi enabled routes to help speed along their daily commutes.

With the Red and Purple Lines on their way to complete, LADOT is aiming towards May and June of this year to have Wi-Fi fully accessible to its trains and buses. In the meantime, LADOT keeps riders updated via social media on which routes will offer free #ladotwifi.

This, however, is not the first time a bus service has offered riders the opportunity to connect to 4G speeds. The Orange County Transport Authority (OCTA) has already launched their “Route 701 WiFi Pilot Program.” LAGBUS Asset Management Limited out of Nigeria also offers their local “Metro Bus” commuters’ Wi-Fi enabled routes to help speed along their daily commutes.

This could mean big changes for the transit community possibly attracting more people to public transportation. Although many people now have devices with wireless data plans, commuters can now expect to slow down their data usage and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi offered. Sorry cell phone companies, you may see a deduction in customers needed more data.

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