Treasure Valley Buses Get Free WiFi For Passengers

Jan 30, 2017

Credit Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Treasure Valley bus riders are now able to cruise the web at the same time they cruise around town.

ValleyRide buses are offering free wireless internet to their users. The WiFi is another step toward modernization of the bus system; in Oct. 2016, the system opened a brand new underground transit center in downtown.

According to a press release from Valley Regional Transit, the service will come with filters to block access to websites deemed inappropriate. Many cities across the world have offered free internet on buses for years.

But the jury is out about how much the free service improves the experience of riders. According to a 2016 Wired article on world-wide bus ridership, WiFi is last among perks people would like. Reliable bus service ranked at the top.

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