Montgomery County Ride On (MD) is testing WiFi on four buses this spring, with a goal of extending free wireless service across its entire 365-vehicle fleet.
“People are connecting to it and they are using it,” said Montgomery County DOT director Al Roshdieh. “Our hope is that we eventually make this service available on all of our buses.”
Ride On is the first public bus system in the Washington (DC) area to offer free WiFi. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is installing WiFi throughout its rail system, but the agency has yet to extend the service to its bus network. “The expense of installing and maintaining the additional equipment required across a fleet of 1,500 buses, combined with the ever increasing availability of high-speed cellular service and unlimited data plans by the wireless carriers, were considered,” said Metro spokesman Richard Jordan.
Montgomery County is installing the WiFi in advance of a limited-stop bus service expected to launch this fall. Link to full story in The Washington Post.
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