TTC looking at plan to add free WiFi on buses and streetcars

Jul 14 2020, 8:10 am

Free WiFi on TTC streetcars and buses is on the agenda today during the TTC Board’s virtual meeting.

The board will review a plan to launch a free WiFi pilot program on buses and streetcars servicing all of Toronto’s 31 Neighbourhood Improvement Areas, colleges, and universities in November.

The motion put forth by board members Alan Heisey and Jennifer McKelvie, says 24 of Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas rely solely on buses and streetcars and do not have a subway stop.

Their plan to expand WiFi access comes after the TTC equipped all 69 subway stations with free WiFI access for customers in 2018.

The goal is to help low-income neighbourhoods, as Canada has the highest internet costs in the G7, the motion says.

“In addition to residents in low-income communities, many post-secondary students cannot afford the current cost of high-speed internet. Unequal access to information and resources further marginalizes low-income communities and students.”

Heisey and McKelvie also recommend that the TTC Board request the City of Toronto Office of Recovery and Restart advocate for provincial and federal funding for the free WiFi service.

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