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Ontario promotes public transit, launches free Wi-Fi on GO transit

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 28 Sep 2020, 11:36 pm

Toronto/IBNS: Ontario government, with its commitment to improving public transit across the province, is offering free Wi-Fi, beginning Sept 28 for passengers on all GO buses and approximately for 50 per cent of GO trains, media reports said.

GO Transit riders will get 10MB of data per trip, for a four-hour period, to access GO Wi-Fi Plus, a user-friendly portal offering free Wi-Fi as well as a variety of unlimited entertainment content such as TV shows, audiobooks, e-books, music, podcasts, etc.

Even more data of 50 MB per trip would be provided to riders signing in with registered PRESTO accounts.

"More than 80 percent of GO customers named Wi-Fi as their most desired amenity, and our government is committed to making life easier for the people of Ontario by keeping commuters connected throughout their journey," Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation said Sept 28 in a press release.

"This initiative will make an important difference as it will help people work more efficiently, finish school projects, or get important news and updates from family and friends."

Metrolinx has partnered with Icomera Canada Inc., a global leader in providing wireless Internet connectivity for public transit, to connect all 1,399 GO buses and trains to Wi-Fi.

GO trains' full rollout of GO Wi-Fi Plus is expected to be completed in early 2021.

"With hundreds of entertainment options to choose from, GO Wi-Fi Plus is more than just Wi-Fi and will make the onboard experience even more convenient and enjoyable for customers," Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Verster said Sep 28 in a news release. "We are so excited to bring GO Wi-Fi Plus to our customers on our buses and trains."

(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)