TransLink and Shaw have announced they are working together to bring free Wi-Fi to transit customers in Metro Vancouver, starting in 2020.
“We have half-a-million people ride our system every day, and when we ask them what they’d like to see on transit, Wi-Fi is one of the most frequent requests,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond, in a press release.
Free public Wi-Fi will start deploying in 2020, with trials beginning in 2019. All TransLink riders, regardless of whether they are Shaw customers, will get free Wi-Fi connectivity aboard any bus, SkyTrain or SeaBus.
“We’re proud to be the first transit authority in Canada to offer this free Wi-Fi service and we’re doing it at no cost to our customers or taxpayers,” added Desmond.
Free Wi-Fi will “come at no cost to TransLink or its customers,” explains the transit company, noting the system will be installed and operated by Shaw. The expansion builds on the^( .
“Every day, thousands of people use their transit commute to catch up on life and reach out to friends, family and colleagues — and having access to seamless connectivity is what makes this possible,” said Katherine Emberly, President, Business, Brand and Communications, Shaw Communications, in a press release.
The first Wi-Fi rollout will begin with SkyTrain and buses. TransLink says they expect the entire Wi-Fi rollout across their network finished by 2025. Other services are expected to eventually gain free Wi-Fi, including HandyDART, West Coast Express and community shuttle buses.