Those agencies that do install train and bus Wi-Fi often find their efforts rewarded with an increase in ridership, as passengers are drawn to services that keep them productive and online. Finally, there are several operational benefits to installing train and bus Wi-Fi systems. With all train cars or buses connected to a central management center, video-monitoring efforts can be far more effective.
Wi-Fi also empowers transit agencies to monitor the location of each bus or train, along with the performance of brakes, air conditioning and other on-board systems. Given that federal transportation funding such as the MAP-21 program is based on “state of good repair” requirements, Wi-Fi could empower agencies to excel at monitoring their own performance, thereby winning funding. The combination of passenger demand and funding prerequisites could be the perfect motivation for transit agencies to overcome the technological barriers to in-transit Wi-Fi.