BAI Canada and the Toronto Transit Commission have brought wireless internet service to Bay Station, adding to Bloor-Yonge and St. George.
Work has already begun at Wellesley, College, Dundas and Union stations, according to the TTC, which forecasts all three will get wifi by October. 18 stations encompassing the lower loop and Spadina stations will have wifi by the first quarter of 2015, says TTC, ahead of the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games in July.
In June alone, TTC riders used more than three terabytes of data on the wifi network, despite only two stations having access.
“We are excited to announce this next stage of our work with the TTC, adding wireless infrastructure to 14 additional stations by March 2015,” said Ken Ranger, CEO, BAI Canada.
“We look forward to expanding the reach of that underground wireless experience throughout our multi-year agreement with BAI Canada, helping to modernize the network that moves Toronto,” Andy Byford, TTC’s CEO.
The installation of this service comes at no cost to the TTC and Toronto taxpayers. BAI Canada is paying the TTC $25 million over 20 years for the rights to install and operate the network. The second phase of the project is the extension of the cellular network within the TTC tunnels. All work is expected to be complete in three to four years.