A pilot project will allow some riders on the 555 bus from the Carvolth Exchange in Langley to use Wi-Fi while travelling to and from New Westminster.
Telus launched a pilot project to add Wi-Fi to the 555 as well as two other popular routes â€“ the 99B to UBC and the 351 from White Rock to Richmond.
This is the first time complimentary Wi-Fi has been offered on public transit in Western Canada.
â€œWeâ€™re constantly looking for new ways to give back and surprise and delight people in our communities,â€ said Anne-Marie LaBerge, a Telus vice president of brand and marketing communications. â€œWe hope that giving transit riders free Wi-Fi on buses makes it easier for them to catch up on email, connect on social media or wind down with the latest episode of their favourite TV show while theyâ€™re on the go.â€
Nearly 60 per cent of bus riders use a mobile device while en route, according to a 2014 study from DePaul University. Transit users wonâ€™t have trouble spotting the three connected buses, which are wrapped in a â€˜when pigs flyâ€™ themed motif.
The pilot project will run for six months and feedback will be gathered after the end of that time to determine if it will continue.