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Free WiFi coming to some Halifax Transit buses, but will it increase ridership?

'I'm not optimistic it's going to get more people riding the bus,' said Scott Edgar of It's More Than Buses
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Inside a Halifax Transit bus (Meghan Groff/

A transit advocate says the addition of free WiFi on Halifax Transit buses will improve the ridership experience, but likely only for those who already take the bus.

On Tuesday, Halifax Regional Council voted in favour of a pilot project that would make WiFi hotspots available on up to 20 transit buses.

"I'm not optimistic it's going to get more people riding the bus," said Scott Edgar of It's More Than Buses. 

"It's going to be an improvement for people who already use transit. It's nice to not have to use your data when you're on the bus, I guess it'll save people a little bit of money in that respect, but it's not really going to convince people to leave their cars at home."

Edgar said adding WiFi to buses is a lot easier to do than some of the projects he believes would increase the number of people who take transit.

"Building bus-only lanes on Bayers Road is a hard project, it's going to mean completely redesigning the street," he explained. "Bringing transit priority lanes to Gottingen Street was really hard and it's still hard because it's not clear that they've got that exactly right yet."

WiFi routers will also be coming to the Alderney Ferry Terminal, the Halifax Ferry Terminal, the Lacewood Bus Terminal, the Bridge Bus Terminal, the Halifax Public Gardens and the Emera Oval pavilion.  

Meghan Groff

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