I applaud this. And it reminds me of my No. 1 recommendation for use of the $22 million the city has promised for a tech park of some as yet undefined shape in some undefined location. Spend it instead on high-speed wireless for Little Rock. But back to the real world:
Central Arkansas Transit Authority (CATA) has begun a WiFi pilot project to determine the feasibility of outfitting the entire fleet with the hardware necessary to provide passengers with wireless internet access. The two buses with wireless equipment will be utilized on route 5 West Markham and route 10 McCain Mall to allow passengers to connect to the internet free of charge. Additional pilot buses may be added in the next few weeks.
“Providing wireless internet access to passengers is something we have wanted to do for a long time, but the funding hasn’t been available.” stated Bill Adcock, CATA director of operations. “The pilot project will provide us with valuable information regarding passenger usage, hardware performance, and potential project cost.”
CATA intends to include the provision of WiFi services in a grant application being submitted to Metroplan later this year. The pilot will last through the month of November.