Free Wi-Fi, SMS alerts for Sydney commuters – if ALP wins election
Last-minute pitch for geek vote
The collapsing New South Wales state government has launched a pitch for the geek vote, announcing it will provide free Wi-Fi on Sydney's bus and train network if re-elected next month.
The struggling government has also announced that it will launch an SMS alert service for bus commuters at the end of the month.
The Wi-Fi rollout will be available on Sydney Ferries and Metrobuses first, with a wider deployment set to follow. A Wi-Fi trial is currently underway on the Leichhardt to Maroubra Metrobus route and Sydney Ferries.
If re-elected the government would switch WiFi on for the rest of the Sydney bus network and CityRail trains from next year.
WiFi has been trialled since the end of January on 13 Sydney Ferries vessels servicing over 200,000 ferry passengers or 70 per cent of all customers.
The State government has been testing the new SMS system on selected bus routes, alerting commuters to the next bus to arrive at their stop since December.
The six-month trial uses information from each bus’s GPS system to pinpoint where it is and when it will arrive. ®
Yeah that'll work
Free Wi-fi and SMS certainly makes up for a state up to it's neck in debt, a crumbling infrastructure, increased taxes, corruption, inept and clueless leaders. Unfortuantely the liberal party doesn't offer a better alternative
Fuck we're screwed either way
to be fair, now that practically in Sydney everyone owns mobile phones, what would be the point in replicating that communications network and display at every bus stop at vast expense? They'd spend a huge amount of cash over x years doing it all when by x-1 years, practically everyone will have a phone that's capable of running a Sydney Buses when's-the-next-bus-Doris app.
Hmm, put like that, it's weird that NSW Labor hasn't used this as an opportunity to shovel more money in the shitty hands of party donor contractors...
I love the smell...
...of a desperate politician in the morning. Just like all of Kristina Keneally's stunts, this one is doomed to failure.