Public Transportation is about to become more appealing in Southern Ontario as Travellers on GO trains and buses will be able to access free Wi-Fi on board starting next year. In an announcement Associate Transportation Minister Kinga Surma said the government will spend $65 million on a five-year, wireless internet contract. Metrolinx has partnered with Icomera, a global leader in providing wireless Internet connectivity for public transit, for the necessary infrastructure and equipment to provide Wi-Fi on the GO Transit fleet, which includes 532 buses and 943 train coaches.
The roll-out is set to begin early next year; as customers will begin to see Wi-Fi on buses and trains starting in the spring of 2020. The full roll-out is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2020. As part of the program, not only will GO Transit Wi-Fi include Internet access, there will also be free entertainment content through a modern, user-friendly portal.
Chief Marketing Officer, Mark Childs, said “We know our customers want to stay connected to make the most of their journey time while traveling with us. That is why we are very excited to announce we will deliver Wi-Fi on our trains and buses. Our new partnership with Icomera is for great Wi-Fi and great on-board entertainment experiences. This is another exciting and important delivery for our customers.”