TransLink Launching Free WiFi on Vancouver Buses and SkyTrain, Full Rollout by 2026

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Back in 2018, British Columbia’s TransLink announced free Shaw Wi-Fi would rollout to transit customers in Metro Vancouver, starting in 2020. But the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the rollout.

On Tuesday, Translink announced its free WiFi is now available on select buses and SkyTrains in Metro Vancouver has started to finally rollout.

Free Shaw Wi-Fi is now available on buses, SkyTrains and stations seeing the most customers:

  • 6 RapidBuses
  • 3 SkyTrains
  • Edmonds Station
  • Carvolth Exchange

TransLink says this is the start of its full system-wide rollout of free Wi-Fi on all buses, SeaBuses, SkyTrains, transit stations, and major transit hubs. The full rollout won’t be completed until 2026.

“We know that free WiFi is something our customers want, and I’m so excited to start delivering this important feature to elevate the customer experience,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn, in a statement. “Free WiFi means that our customers can use their transit time for leisure, work, or better connecting with family and friends without spending their money on data fees.”

TransLink already offers free Shaw Wi-Fi on SeaBuses and SeaBus terminals.

“We are proud to partner with TransLink so its customers can stay connected when they are on buses, trains or in transit stations across the Lower Mainland,” added Katherine Emberly, President, Business, Shaw Communications.

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