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Wi-Fi to be installed on GO trains and buses

Last Updated Feb 21, 2018 at 12:53 pm EDT

File photo of a GO train. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve White

Wireless internet is coming to the network of trains and buses that connect the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation says that Wi-Fi on GO Transit vehicles will make using public transit easier and more convenient.

Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster says it’s what commuters want.

“Whenever I’m on our trains and I talk to our customers, customers are very, very clear and personal about how beneficial Wi-Fi on our transit would be, and I think this is a fantastic initiative,” he said.

Free internet is already available at most GO stations and bus terminals.

The province says GO Transit operator Metrolinx will test the service in April on two GO trains and four GO buses to study service quality and collect feedback.

“The trains will be very clearly marked, decaled as we call it, (an) outside indication on the train itself to show that it has Wi-Fi on it, and very clear instructions on the inside,” Verster said.

Verster said Wi-Fi will eventually expand to all GO vehicles but didn’t say when exactly that would happen.

CORRECTION: This is a corrected story. An original version incorrectly stated the test will begin in March