Free Wi-Fi on Buses and Trains Could Turn More People towards Mass Transportation

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What would you prefer to do on you way to work? Stare at stoplights and burn fuel aimlessly or browse the Internet while being “chauffeured” to your destination? Some, prefer to combine driving with Internet using, and that’s just wrong and unsafe, but if you do your browsing part as a passenger, that’s totally fine.
And maybe this might be the solution to determine more people use mass transportation without getting bored on their way to work, thus save fuel and pollute less.

A research team from the Depaul University, Chicago, studied the curbside bus line riders in cities from the East and Midwest that also offer free wireless internet for their mass transit clients.

Their results show that 91% of the bus riders use their portable devices while on board, while 49% plan to actually use the internet connection for browsing and sending emails.

And 45.7% of the people surveyed, said they chose to ride the bus because of the free internet, among other things.

More evidence

Bus riders aren’t the only ones motivated to leave their cars behind for free wi-fi, because the Northwestern University found similar data for train commuters in Chicago, where passengers took it to another level and consider the lack of wireless internet in trains a productivity issue.

We’re not quite sure about that, since most morning internet surfers prefer to read some news, play some minigames, check their socializing websites feeds instead of sending emails and preparing for the work following to be done once at work.

Even so, we live in a day when forgetting your smartphone at home is a good reason to walk/run back from the bus station to retrieve it. And the free Wi-Fi network is here to remind you that. Cities like Tokyo, Moscow, Paris and even Bangalore are offering such services in their metro system.

Regarding the free internet bus connection, you can find it in places like Beijing, Mumbai, London and Manilla too.
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