Commuting is a necessary part of life that most people probably don’t look forward to. But the journey on the GO trains and buses might become a bit more enjoyable with free Wi-Fi services announced.
Last week, Metrolinx announced it was looking for “partners of interest” that could equip all the GO vehicles with Wi-Fi services. Interested partners can apply for the work until June 22nd. So the Wi-Fi project is still in very early stages. Passengers will have to rely on their data for now.
Wi-Fi will make commuting a lot more productive – at least it has the potential to. It would give commuters the opportunity to use the internet and work on their laptops without using their phone based data hot-spot. This is especially attractive to students and travellers who may have limit amounts of data on their phone plans.
Others might just continue the endless scroll of social media feeds, others might sleep, listen to music, read books, or stare off into space. Whatever people’s commuting tendencies are, the option of Wi-Fi access will be nice to have. It is about time Metrolinx moves their transit infrastructure into modernity too.
We will have to wait and see how long it will take for the Wi-Fi to be set up. Don’t hold your breath though. If the construction delays at Union Station are any indication of Metrolinx’s planning ability, Wi-Fi probably won’t be ready for two years.
Photo Courtesy of Chris Higgins