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Wi-Fi on the rails: Edmonton expands service to all stations

As part of its “Open City” Wi-Fi plan, which brings Internet connectivity to 82 locations across the city, Edmonton has added wifi to 15 LRT stops.

All LRT stations on the Capital Line now have Wi-Fi access, and the Metro Line stations will catch up by the end of 2016.

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All LRT stations on the Capital Line now have Wi-Fi access, and the Metro Line stations will catch up by the end of 2016.

Whether they’re tweeting, gaming or sending emails, commuters will be able to do so without fewer restrictions now that the city has made Wi-Fi available at all 15 stations on the Capital Line.

“(We) promised the entire Capital Line would be Wi-Fi ready by the end of 2015, and now that has been done,” said Justin Townell, Edmonton Transit’s customer experience manager.

Indeed, the idea to offer wireless internet to transit users was up in the air last winter—first floated at a transportation committee meeting—and then piloted in February 2015 at the Southgate LRT Station.

Preliminary usage showed more than 17,000 Wi-Fi sessions in a 28-day period.

Townell said the pilot showed Wi-Fi makes people’s ride “a much more enjoyable experience” and “people are quite pleased to have it,” according to feedback.

He added that Wi-Fi will be added to all Metro Line stops by the end of 2016.

The project is part of the “Open City” Wi-Fi plan, which brings Internet connectivity to 82 locations across the city.  

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