Wi-fi trial to start on Transperth services in WA-first
- Two train stations and two buses to have free wi-fi under a trial from Monday
- Two trains to get trial wi-fi by the end of the year
- Public encouraged to provide feedback
Free wi-fi will be available on Perth's public transport network for the first time, with a restricted trial starting tomorrow (August 27), Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has announced.
The trial will take place at the Subiaco and Elizabeth Quay train stations, as well as on board two buses predominantly operating on the high-frequency Route 950.
The technology will then be rolled out on two trains operating on the Joondalup and Mandurah Lines later this year.
Areas where wi-fi is available will be clearly marked with signage. Passengers are encouraged to submit feedback about their experience through the Transperth website.
Passengers are able to use up to 150MB per device in a 24-hour period.
The technology is being delivered by Optus and the contract arrangement allows for the trial to proceed with no direct costs to the State Government.
The results of the trial will be assessed to determine whether the system is rolled out more widely.
Meanwhile, the McGowan Government has also invested $33.8 million towards upgrading Transperth's SmartRider system to cater for future patronage growth expected as part of METRONET and to accommodate advances in technology.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"As the McGowan Government continues to progress METRONET, we are looking at other measures that could attract more people to public transport.
"I am pleased to announce that this trial can now begin after a lengthy period of negotiations.
"The Transperth PSM shows passengers are already very happy with their services, but this is something the Government was keen to trial to see if we could further improve the passenger experience.
"I would urge anyone who has used the system to contact Transperth with their feedback."