This week, the Toronto Transit Commission began a pilot project at two of its busiest subway stops, Bloor-Yonge and St. George, bringing free WiFi access to users waiting on the platforms.
While WiFi access is expected to come to all stations by 2017, access is limited to just that: the platform. Coordinating such connectivity while inside a moving car is decidedly more difficult, and continues to be a challenge for transit engineers around the world.
Earlier this year, New York City’s MTA launched cellular coverage for its four major carriers in 30 subway stations, providing seamless handoff from above ground to below.
Toronto is still on that path, and the company, BAI Canada Inc., a subsidiary of Broadcast Australia, contracted to deploy WiFi to the TTC, has been tasked with eventually bringing cellular service; the problem thus far, according to a report from earlier this year, has been cooperation from the carriers. (more…)