City to run pilot project putting Wi-Fi on select HSR buses

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The City of Hamilton announced today that they are beginning a new pilot project. The first week of October, the HSR will be conducting a two-month pilot project that will see free Wi-Fi provided on 15 buses, operating on various routes across the city.

Buses will be clearly marked with a Wi-Fi symbol beside the front door and on the destination sign. The inside of the bus will include information posted in the “Take One” slots near the driver explaining how to access the Wi-Fi.

Similar to other areas where the City of Hamilton offers free Wi-Fi, customers will need to accept the Terms and Conditions in order to access Wi-Fi on our buses.

The pilot project is part of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) from the Government of Canada, with half of the cost being contributed by the City of Hamilton through Council approval.

At the conclusion of the pilot project, we will present our recommendations for future development of the program to Council. To understand our customers’ experience using the free Wi-Fi service, we are asking them to fill out a brief survey at www.hamilton.ca/HSRwifi.

The Wi-Fi on buses pilot will run on the following buses:

Conventional buses: 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, 1701, 1702, 1703, 1704, 1705
Articulated buses: 1420, 1421, 1422, 1423, 1424

The buses will be put into service across various routes in the city, to ensure the pilot is able to inform how, when and where the Wi-Fi is used by customers.