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Wi-Fi on Buses - Pilot Project

Throughout 2018 we’re doing a pilot project that will see free Wi-Fi provided to transit passengers on 12 buses that will operate on various routes across the city. Buses providing the service will be clearly marked to indicate that Wi-Fi is available.

The free Wi-Fi system will include security systems to filter user traffic to ensure City of Winnipeg infrastructure is not used for undesirable purposes. Throughout the pilot program, there will be consultation with bus operators and other Transit staff to determine how the technology can be used to improve safety and security for both bus operators and passengers.

In addition to providing Wi-Fi services to passengers, we’ll be studying what opportunities exist to use Wi-Fi technology to improve transit operations such as providing more frequent location updates from buses. At the conclusion of the pilot project, Winnipeg Transit will report back to the Standing Policy Committee on Innovation outlining non-identifiable usage patterns of public Wi-Fi users.

How to see if your bus has Wi-Fi
There are several ways to find out if the bus you are travelling on has Wi-Fi:

  1. First, the outside of the bus, above the front door, will be marked with a Wi-Fi symbol.
  2. When checking our online tools such as Navigo, WinnipegTransit.com, our mobile website, and Telebus bus times will display a Wi-Fi symbol next to them when they are scheduled to have a Wi-Fi enabled bus.

We’ve put together a section with some common questions and answers on how to connect to Wi-Fi on the Wi-Fi on our buses. Those questions and answer can be found on our Wi-Fi on buses Frequently Asked Questions page.

In order to access Wi-Fi on our buses, you’ll need to accept our Terms and Conditions. You can find them on our Terms and Conditions page

Pilot Project Background

  • Funding for the $300,000 pilot project is coming from the 2016 Innovation Capital Fund. As such, the project has no impact on our current operating budget.
  • The administrative report is available for review on the City of Winnipeg’s Decision Making Information System (DMIS).
  • Winnipeg Transit has 629 buses in its fleet operating on 93 routes at 5,176 bus stops across the city. In the last three years, the service has carried an average of 172,000 passengers every week representing an average of 49 million passengers each year.