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Mass Transit Mobile WiFi & the Public Sector: Successful Implementation by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

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Recognizing that adding WiFi would draw in new riders, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) pursued mobile WiFi solutions for their light rail cars and express buses. Understanding how VTA successfully implemented WiFi installation can help other transit agencies gracefully bridge the same transition. This paper concludes with an exploration of other, unanticipated advantages of installing light rail and bus WiFi systems, including improved vehicle security monitoring through on-board closed-circuit television, or CCTV, and improved compliance with federal funding programs such as MAP-21.

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