The City of Winnipeg has just launched a $300,000 pilot project to provide free Wi-Fi on 12 Winnipeg Transit buses.
The buses will be used on various routes throughout the city and are clearly marked so that passengers know that the service is available.
“This pilot project is an important step to take to not only improve the quality of the service we provide transit riders, but also improve the overall function of the system,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “Being innovative in how we deliver services and apply innovative solutions should not end with transit, it needs to apply across all areas of the civic service and creating the standing policy committee for innovation has helped ensure creative and innovative thought is used to improve the quality and efficiency of the services we provide to Winnipeggers.”
You won’t have to register or enter login information to use the Wi-Fi service on the bus but the city says they will be using security measures to filter user traffic to ensure City of Winnipeg infrastructure is not used for undesirable purposes. Users will be required to accept the terms and conditions before they can freely surf the net.
The city will also be studying what opportunities exist to use Wi-Fi technology to improve transit operations such as providing more frequent location updates from buses.
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