August 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

MetroLink and MetroBus Launch Free Wi-Fi for Riders

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Blue graphic announcing Free Wi-Fi is now on Metro TransitFree Wi-Fi is now available on all MetroBus and MetroLink vehicles!

This exciting launch follows a successful pilot program and delivers on one of the top customer amenity requests by our riders: Wi-Fi service.

You can conveniently connect to the internet to access email, study, watch videos or stream music, read the latest news or a book, listen to your favorite podcast, visit and post on social media sites and more, all from your personal mobile devices on nearly 400 clean-burning diesel and battery electric buses and 83 light rail vehicles. Metro has partnered with T-Mobile to provide this free service.

To access the free Wi-Fi service on MetroBus and MetroLink, open the Wi-Fi option on your mobile device so it can scan for available networks, then connect to “Metro Public Wi-Fi” and a login screen will appear. Once you agree to Metro’s Terms of Use policy, you will be connected to the network during your trip.

Man and woman staring at a mobile phone while on the train“More than 92% of our transit riders have a smartphone, and they rely on connectivity to harness the full power of their technology, especially when they are on the move,” said Taulby Roach, President and CEO of Bi-State Development. “We’re happy to provide this added convenience through T-Mobile for our customers, whether they are using the internet for work, school or entertainment. We know that having reliable internet access can be a bridge to brighter futures and we’re excited to offer yet another mobile customer amenity.”

Metro’s Wi-Fi service makes purchasing daily and monthly transit even easier through the Transit app. The Transit app can also be used for trip planning, including trips that combine Metro Transit with ride-sharing.

Metro Transit secured more than $1.3 million for the Wi-Fi project through two grants from the Federal Transit Administration, matching funds from St. Clair County ($63,464), and funds from Proposition M ($253,855). The next phase of the project includes plans to install Wi-Fi service on Metro Call-A-Ride vehicles and also calls for nine Metro Transit centers to be added as Wi-Fi connection hubs for customer convenience between their trips.


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