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Ontario launching free Wi-Fi on GO Transit

New portal will keep commuters connected, productive and entertained

September 28, 2020  by CM Staff

PHOTO: Secondarywaltz/Wikimedia

TORONTO — Beginning Sept. 28, the Ontario government will be providing free Wi-Fi for passengers on all GO buses and approximately 50% of GO trains.

“More than 80% of GO customers named Wi-Fi as their most desired amenity, and our government is committed to make life easier for the people of Ontario by keeping commuters connected throughout their journey,” said Caroline Mulroney, minister of transportation, in a prepared statement. “This initiative will make an important difference as it will help people work more efficiently, finish school projects or get important news and updates from family and friends.”

GO Transit riders will have access to GO Wi-Fi Plus, a portal that offers free Wi-Fi as well as entertainment content. Once connected, riders get free data and will have unlimited access to the GO Wi-Fi Plus content portal.

Metrolinx has signed an agreement with Icomera Canada Inc. to connect all 1,399 GO buses and trains to Wi-Fi. Full rollout of GO Wi-Fi Plus on GO trains is expected to be completed in early 2021. Commuters will be notified of these changes through onboard announcements, decals and notices.

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Customers will have free access to 10MB of data per trip, a four-hour period. Riders signing in with registered PRESTO accounts will receive even more data, at 50 MB per trip. Customer access to the GO Wi-Fi Plus content portal does not count towards the data limit.

“With hundreds of entertainment options to choose from, GO Wi-Fi Plus is more than just Wi-Fi, and will make the onboard experience even more convenient and enjoyable for customers,” said Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Verster. “We are so excited to bring GO Wi-Fi Plus to our customers on our buses and trains.”