Mayor launches expansion of transit wireless service

By Lee Stephens….

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez watches as the free wireless service aboard Metrorail is tested.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez on Feb. 23 announced the launch of free wireless service on all Metrorail and Metromover cars as well as select Metrobus routes.

The countywide launch is an expansion of the Mayor’s Wireless Miami-Dade Initiative, which brought free wireless service to Goulds, Tamiami and Tropical parks.

By expanding free wireless accessibility on Metrorail and Metromover, and some of the county’s popular express commuter bus routes, Mayor Alvarez said transit riders can enjoy a better transit experience, which could equate to fewer cars on the road and a more sustainable community.

“That’s what government’s core mission is all about, providing services and programs that make a difference in someone’s life,” Mayor Alvarez said. “Embracing technology is just one more way Miami-Dade is investing in its residents, visitors and businesses. It’s about investing in our community, in big and small ways.”

Driven by the mayor’s vision to bring wireless accessibility to all Miami-Dade County residents, Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) and Enterprise Technology Services (ETSD) worked together to introduce free wireless service on select Metrorail cars and select buses on the 95 Express bus route as part of a pilot program launched in November 2009.

In the near future, the county plans to expand free wireless service to Amelia Earhart Park, all 22 Metrorail stations and other county facilities.

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