New York City Debuts First Wi-Fi Enabled Buses

By Paul Riegler on 17 May 2016
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Soon Wi-Fi enabled buses will be roaming these streets

Soon Wi-Fi enabled buses will be roaming these streets

New Yorkers and visitors to the Big Apple suffering from nomophobia will no longer have to avoid the city’s buses. The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority began rolling out its new blue-and-yellow Wi-Fi enabled buses on Tuesday.

While there are only 75 on the streets now, the city plans to deploy a total of 2,042 in total.

Each bus has 55 USB charging ports on board, as well as three LCD information displays that provide stop announcements, transfers, and other information.

The initial 75 are roaming the streets of Queens, but the MTA will add 209 in the Bronx and 18 in Manhattan over the next two years. Older buses will be retrofitted with similar amenities including Wi-Fi and USB ports by the end of 2017.

In addition to the high-tech buses, the city plans to roll out a mobile app that replaces the use of paper tickets on select Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North commuter lines starting in June.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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