BUSES PART OF PERTH WI-FI TRIAL
TWO PERTH BUSES and two train stations got free Wi-Fi for the first time under a trial from Monday, 27 August, with two trains to get trial Wi-Fi also by the end of the year, it’s reported recently.
The free Wi-Fi is available on Perth’s public transport network for the first time, with the restricted trial announced by transport minister Rita Saffioti.
It is occurring 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, it’s stated.
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.
According to Transperth, 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, it’s stated. The results of the trial will be assessed to determine whether the system is rolled out more widely.
Western Australia Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said: “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.”
According to a PTA spokesperson, in 2015 the Public Transport Authority released an Expression of Interest for the provision of free Wi-Fi on a trial basis. The market, though, did not return a cost-neutral response. However, it did provide sufficient information for the PTA to consider broadening the scope of the offer, allowing potential bidders to propose how to make Wi-Fi viable for them. This process is now complete with Optus chosen for the trial.