Wi-Fi for Langley bus commuters


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 – 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.

“We’re constantly looking for new ways to give back and surprise and delight people in our communities,” said Anne-Marie LaBerge, a Telus vice president of brand and marketing communications. “We 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 they’re on the go.”

Nearly 60 per cent of bus riders use a mobile device while en route, according to a 2014 study from DePaul University. Transit users won’t have trouble spotting the three connected buses, which are wrapped in a ‘when pigs fly’ 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.

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