AC Transit lures riders out of their cars,
launches fleet of buses with free WI-FI
By Caitlin Cassady
May 24, 2007
Cross-bay commuters have something to look forward to in the
mornings, because AC transit has officially launched its fleet
of 90 buses that are outfitted with free WiFi for riders.
The 78 MCI buses that make the daily commute across the San Mateo
and Dumbarton bridges to San Francisco and the Peninsula are now
equipped with WiFi, according to AC Transit. The other 12 buses
with WiFi are part of the Dumbarton Bridge Consortium.
These buses have special decals, and are dark green in color
to make them easily recognizable for commuters, the agency reported.
Each bus is equipped with an antenna and router that is tied to
the bus's power system.
Riders simply enter the bus and turn on their wireless device
to connect to the system.
The entire operation was made possible by a $340,000 grant from
the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency. The grant pays
for the equipment, installation and two years of access fees,
according to the agency.
According to Cyrus Minoofar, the congestion management agency's
intelligent transportations programs manager, having free WiFi
on buses is a great way to lure commuters towards public transportation.
AC Transit is the only public transportation agency in northern
California to offer free WiFi on buses.
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