Transport for NSW announced a free Wi-Fi trial of 50 Sydney buses last week.
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance welcomed “another example” of public transport being enhanced with new technology.
“So many people rely on being connected to their smartphone, often using the time of their commute to catch up on news, emails and social media so it is pleasing to see these types of trials underway,” Mr Constance said.
“We are always looking for ways to improve the customer experience across all public transport services, particularly when it comes to providing reliability and convenience,” he added.
The ‘CATCH’ technology, which has been developed by APN Outdoor, will be used to provide free Wi-Fi access to customers.
“Customers who ride a bus that is participating in the trial are prompted to download a free and simple app which allows them to quickly and easily web-surf the bus ride away,” Mr Constance said.
Also, larger digital screens will be installed to broadcast operational messaging and CCTV footage. Further, news and advertisements will be screened for the first time.
According to APN Outdoor, around 1,000 buses in the City are likely to be fitted with the ‘CATCH’ technology if the trial is successful.
Customers are encouraged to provide feedbacks on the system via transportnsw.info or by calling 131 500.
“I am looking forward to seeing the results of the trail and the feedback from customers,” Mr Constance said.
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