ABOVE: TTC launches wi-fi network at St. George and Bloor-Yonge station. Cindy Pom reports.
TORONTO – Commuters will now be able to send emails and surf the internet at two of the Toronto Transit Commission’s busiest subway stations.
Effective Monday, both St. George and Bloor-Yonge have been equipped with a wi-fi network in what the TTC is calling a “soft launch.”
Underground cellular phone service is still unavailable as the company contracted to install the wireless system has yet to bring a telecommunications carrier on board.
The TTC entered into an agreement with BAI Canada Inc. on Dec. 5, 2012 to build the network in the subway system for $25 million over 20 years.
A staff report indicates the company is still in negotiations with carriers including Bell, Rogers, Telus, Mobilicity, Wind and Public Mobile.
The TTC hopes the design, installation, construction and full implementation of the network will be completed by the end of 2017.