Commuters who use public transportation face all kinds of hassles. Busses can be crowded or smelly and schedules can be confusing. And most busses do not have Wi-Fi access, meaning that passengers often feel cut off from the technological world they are used to. But now, bus riders in Contra Costa County, California, can rest assured that they will have Wi-Fi access on local busses, making their rides more convenient and enjoyable.
County Connection is a more than 30-year-old public agency that provides both fixed route and paratransit service in Contra Costa County, which is about 20 miles east of San Francisco. The region boasts more than 500,000 residents spread over 200 square miles, and is serviced by 121 busses that carry over 3.2 million passengers a year.
The company hopes that the new Wi-Fi access on its busses will help take the guess work out of schedules, as transit systems in suburban areas often operate with a level of inconsistency. In addition, the free Wi-Fi on will give riders a safe, reliable connection so they can be productive on long trips. County Connection hopes that this amenity will lead to increased ridership.
To provide this service, County Connection teamed up with Clever Devices and embedded M2M solutions expert Sprint (News - Alert). Clever Devices provides systems such as automated voice announcements, passenger counting and reporting solutions, headsign controls and GPS functionality that helps provide real-time arrival information. Sprint provides services ranging from mobile services for maintenance to road supervisors, mobile dispatching services and more.
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Edited by Ashley Caputo