GO Transit is finally testing out Wi-Fi internet service – but it’s currently limited to two GO train stations. Right now, two GO stations have been selected as “candidates” on deploying the service throughout the GO Transit network – Clarkson GO station in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and Pickering GO station in Pickering, Ontario, Canada.
This reason came after a series of customer surveys and feedback that many GO Transit riders demand – to make sure that they can be more productive. Deploying Wi-Fi at GO station for an initial period is a win to many passengers – who rely on the transit system each day. A local advertisement agency, IMA Outdoor will provide the installation and maintenance of the Wi-Fi hotspots on GO Transit’s behalf at no cost to the transit agency. The Wi-Fi trial will last about six months and will include up to eight (8) more train stations and three (3) bus terminals in the coming months. Within a year, it is expected that Wi-Fi will be deployed at all GO stations.
As for deploying Wi-Fi on GO trains and buses – there are many limitations (along with technical challenges plus financial hurdles) on why GO can’t offer Wi-Fi throughout its trains and buses. The people down at GO transit is currently studying the aspects and ways on how to deploy the service on board its trains and buses. Metrolinx, is intending to partner with some interested telecom providers that serve the Ontario market to provide reliable means on offering on-board WiFi internet at a very cost-effective manner.
If you happen to live near these train stations (Pickering and Clarkson) or waiting to see if your bus terminal/train station is finally a “candidate” on offering a Wi-Fi hotspot, then you can simply connect your laptop, tablet or smartphone by connecting using this SSID (Service Set Identifier): “IMA WiFi at GO”.
To learn more information about GO Transit’s WiFi pilot, click here.
In my last posting about the mall-wide WiFi hotspot that the Pickering Town Centre shopping mall, I had received an honourable mention from the shopping mall itself on posting a review on it. I’ve also managed to get my 7-year-old Toshiba laptop being able to connect to the WiFi hotspot at the mall – with great success. Even though I have a newer ASUS laptop with me, I often play around with my Toshiba one in many occasions. I’ll keep testing out the latter laptop in the coming weeks (after I come back from my vacation break).
To finish off this blog posting, I’m leaving you with three music videos: “Timing just isn’t your thing” by Red Car Wire, “Any kind of guy” by Big Time Rush and “If you can’t hang” by Sleeping with Sirens.
The reason that I choosed “Timing just isn’t your thing” by Red Car Wire is that the transit authority wasn’t able to find out when it will offer WiFi throughout its’ entire network – primetime. As for the band Red Car Wire, while this particular band from Dallas, Texas, USA might be gone, most of its members have since moved on into different projects. If i’m not mistaken, Evan Lester (the lead guy) and Josh Cutlip (the drummer) are in a band called Avion Roe. The whereabouts of Garett Bouline and Davey Hoogerwerf remains an uncertain mystery to this day.
As for “Any Kind of Guy” by Big Time Rush – this music video symbolizes on which telecommunication provider that GO Transit should choose. Tim Hortons’ has selected Bell. Starbucks (for its Canadian outlets) has turned into Allstream.
It’s up to decide which provider GO transit should choose which provider can offer them at a best possible ROI (Rate of Investment) and ROR (Rate of Return).
Finally for “If you can’t hang” by Sleeping with Sirens, it’s up to the chosen provider that GO Transit has selected to deploy WiFi on its trains and buses within a reasonable timeframe. If the provider can’t be able to deploy the WiFi service on board it’s trains and buses, then GO Transit will ask the troubled provider to “go out the door”, meaning that GO Transit will select a different provider – but at a substantial cost and at a steep time-frame Just like the aforementioned song, “If you can’t hang then, there’s the door.”
Without further ado, enjoy the music videos.
“Timing just isn’t your thing” – Red Car Wire:
“Any Kind of Guy” – Big Time Rush:
“If you can’t hang” – Sleeping with Sirens:
“GO Transit launches free WiFi at some stations.” Toronto Star. 8 April 2013. 8 April 2013. <http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/04/08/go_transit_launches_free_wifi_at_some_stations.html>