23 Jan 2013
Minister for Transport
Free WiFi will be provided for public bus commuters at Darwin, Palmerston and Casuarina bus interchanges from mid-February.
Minister for Tranpsort Adam Giles said the NT Government was continuing to invest in improving the Territory’s public transport system by installing new services such as WiFi at interchanges.
Mr Giles said the initiative was about building a modern, convenient public transport system.
“The growing use of smart phones, tablets and iPads are an everyday reality for many Territorians and I am keen to consider other projects like WiFi at interchanges to enhance the services we provide with the public bus network,” Mr Giles said.
The service will cost $60,000 to install and run for the first year and will be around $21,000 for subsequent years.
Mr Giles said Easyweb Digital, which has a branch office in Darwin, will install and host the free service that will operate in a similar fashion to City of Darwin’s WiFi in the Smith Street mall.
“Any commuter with a smartphone, tablet, iPad or laptop will be able to access the free WiFi at bus interchanges and inappropriate sites will be blocked, which will be outlined in the terms and conditions of use,” Mr Giles said.
There will be a time limit and access restrictions on usage, likely to be based on access for up to 90 minutes of internet daily, with a timeout system of around 20 minute lots to allow commuters to move through interchanges and still access the free WiFi throughout the day.
“This is about providing better community services to encourage public bus network use which has a direct flow-on effect of improved outcomes for the environment and traffic management across Greater Darwin,” Mr Giles said.
Mr Giles said the success of the free WiFi program would provide direction on other locations where the initiative can be implemented.
He said the NT Government would continue to improve other bus network facilities such as bus shelters, upgrading bus stops to comply with disability standards, purchasing new buses for the fleet and enhancing the automated telephone service that allows commuters to call up 24/7 to find out approximate arrival times for buses along specified routes in the Greater Darwin area.
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