The announcement this week that the Ontario government was committed to bringing free Wi-Fi to all GO buses and trains will come as a relief to thousands of GO riders. This was confirmed by Kinga Surma, associate minister of transportation (GTA), Parm Gill, MPP for Milton, and Mark Childs, chief marketing officer for Metrolinx, at Milton GO Station.
Metrolinx has signed an agreement with Icomera Canada Inc. to connect all 1,475 GO buses and trains to Wi-Fi beginning in 2020.
“We’re excited to share this news with GO customers,” said Surma. “Our government is delivering on its promise to make life easier for people by giving them the opportunity to stay connected to family, friends and colleagues while travelling to work, school or appointments.”
“More and more people depend on their phones to be able to work, study and keep in touch with friends and family during their daily commute,” said MPP Gill. “Bringing Wi-Fi to GO trains and buses will make travelling by GO a better, more convenient experience for people in Milton.”
GO Transit Wi-Fi will include internet access and free entertainment content through a modern, user-friendly portal.
The full Wi-Fi rollout is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.
“We know our customers want to stay connected to make the most of their journey time while travelling with us,” said Mark Childs. “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.”
Having free Wi-Fi on a long journey especially for those commuting to work or to school is no longer a luxury. It will end up making people ever more productive, that is if they use Wi-Fi to actually do something work-related instead of simply surfing through their social media feeds. -CINEWS