TTC to roll out free WiFi at additional stations
The TTC is expanding the number of stations with WiFi to cover the entire lower loop (i.e. those stations south of Bloor on Line 1) in time for the Pan Am Games. Already available at Bloor-Yonge, St. George and Bay stations, the new timeline is speedier than some might have expected, but a pleasant surprise. According to a press release, work is currently underway at Wellesley, College, Dundas, and Union stations, with 2015 dates attached to most of the stops on the University side of the line.
BAI Canada still owns the rights to provide cellular signals in the TTC, but no major telecommunications provider has signed on to provide the service, which has left passengers mostly out of luck when wanting to check Instagram before the next train arrives. While the company claims that it will provide cellular infrastructure over the next three to four years, that's far from a sure bet.
And that's way the expansion of the WiFi network comes as welcome news. Sure, a cellular signal would be more convenient, but for compulsive email checkers like myself, the ability to have a quick look at my messages on the platform via WiFi is more than adequate. Is this a step in the right direction for the TTC, or is it still disappointment that we trail cities like Montreal who are moving forward with cellular signals underground?