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Free WiFi is now up and running in Bay TTC station

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 2, 2014

bay ttc wifi torontoAfter half a year of pumping free (albeit ad-supported) WiFi throughout Yonge and St. George subway stations, the TTC is finally beginning its rollout of wider wireless service, bridging the gap between the two stations. The TConnect network tweeted earlier this week that WiFi was up and running at Bay station, and riders report that they've been able to access the network as early as Monday.

A nice bonus: TConnect confirms that you can use the WiFi while traveling between the three stations, without having to re-connect or watching another ad - just hit refresh when you pull into the next station. (You still won't have a signal while the train's in the tunnel between stations, unfortunately.)

There's been no official announcement from the TTC yet, but head of communications Brad Ross confirmed via Twitter that they're doing some testing before an official unveiling. In the meantime, signs went up at College station earlier this month, saying WiFi infrastructure is being added to the station, and TConnect has teased at more stations coming soon. It's all happening.

Photo by S. Awan via the blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

10 Comments

Brad / August 2, 2014 at 02:47 pm
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I hate to say it, but this is really quite a yawn. Other major cities the world over have wired their subways for cell phone service. Some like DC have had cell phone service for almost a decade now. Forgot Wi-Fi that only works in stations after watching an ad--that's a waste of money. Just wire the stations and tunnels up for cell service so we can use our cellular data.

Yet another way Toronto fails to be a world class city.
Dave / August 2, 2014 at 02:59 pm
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Yeah because thats whats needed...WiFi. Trains come just about every 2-3 mins. In my experience it takes about a minute to connect with the ad(s). Giving you 1-2mins of internet, but then the train comes.

Yes you can browse at the next station...for a minute, then signal is gone. What a waste, and for what? Oh email! Facebook! Twitter #subwayselfie! Please.
Herne / August 2, 2014 at 03:09 pm
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Surely there are better things that we could be spending TTC funds on? I'm sure that people can wait until they leave the underground before Tweeting or Facebooking.
Doug / August 2, 2014 at 03:48 pm
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Brad's right. What's the point of WiFi at individual stations? You're generally only there long enough to wait for the next train. So….three-five minutes of free WiFi? Who cares?

Tell you what, T-Connect: get back to us when you've set the whole subway system up with wifi, including tunnels.
Charlene / August 2, 2014 at 11:31 pm
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This is so jokes. I hate the wi-fi so much. Everytime I get to Bloor station, my phone lags out trying to connect. Before it even gets to connect, the train leaves. Eats a chunk of my battery every day, 2-5 times a day. Save the money and invest in getting underground reception instead.
The Duke of Bay St. / August 3, 2014 at 12:30 am
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Awesome News. Ground breaking technologies! A lot of countries with transit systems more advanced than ours still have no wifi at all across their whole system. Canada is getting back on track with world tech advancement. We fell off for bait. Blackberry is making huge advancements in the wireless security business. Pretty soon all governments will be using blackberry again as it was.
Brooke / August 3, 2014 at 01:42 am
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I don't even care about the article. That photo is bomb.
DianneKnight / August 3, 2014 at 11:24 am
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"I do not consent to any radio-frequency radiation." ~ Dianne Knight

"This is a frequency and biological weapon when applied like this. We are not wearing protective RF shielding to attenuate the frequencies; neither are the buildings. " ~ Curtis Bennett 'Open Letter to All Ten Canadian Provinces,
Three Territories and Municipalities ' http://www.stayonthetruth.com/open-letter-to-all-ten-canadian-provinces.php
ed shea / August 3, 2014 at 10:12 pm
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Here comes the Sun
David / August 4, 2014 at 11:50 pm
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Love it. More advancement in Toronto.

Even if for the TTC advancement is one station at a time, love to see the improvements happening in the city. Everything is improving from culinary delights and offerings, to festivals, live music, film, ice cream, all summer long....

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