We often get photographs from our Bungalower readers of things that are happening around town, and we have started featuring them on the site in a series called Eyes on the Street, in honor of our hero Jane Jacobs. The following came to our attention via Facebook.
“Omg!?!? Is there WiFi on LYNX buses now?!?!? This is huge from an access standpoint to help riders who maybe can’t afford data plans access information and communicate while they travel.” – David Thomas Moran
Moran posted the following photograph on his social media last week, concerning free WiFi that he was able to enjoy while riding the bus. We reached out to LYNX for more information.
According to Matt Friedman, the Director of Marketing Communications at LYNX, the bus Moran was riding was one of only five to be outfitted with 4G LTE internet last week, as part of a trial. The internet will be turned off this week, in order for them to evaluate how it went.
Friedman was unsure how long the evaluation process would take, telling us that, “It is something we will have to look at as an organization.” The estimated cost to supply free internet across all buses in the LYNX fleet, according to Friedman, could be anywhere between $275K to $500K. They are hoping to identify a service provider to underwrite that cost, but the project is still being fleshed out.