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Transit System Plans for Wireless Access on Bus Routes

Transit System Plans for Wireless Access on Bus Routes

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A high-tech experiment on Utah Transit Authority buses went so well that officials plan to extend wireless Internet service throughout the system by the end of the year.

Utah Transit Authority officials say that will give 6,000 UTA riders in Salt Lake, Davis, Utah and Weber county Internet access during their commute time.

Forty of UTA's large express buses will get the service.

UTA experimented with wireless access during a 60-day pilot program on four buses over the winter.

A survey showed riders used the service to catch up on work and school projects, although some complained the service was spotty. Others said UTA should offer wireless service on all buses not just selected routes.

UTA hasn't decided if it will offer wireless service for free or charge a fee.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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