Hilly Terrain In Marin Kills Bus WiFi

Buses may return with 4G signal

By Chris Roberts
|  Monday, Apr 15, 2013  |  Updated 2:12 PM PDT
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FILE ART - Golden Gate Transit no longer offers free Wi-Fi on its 120 buses, because the "technology simply didn't work... because of Marin's hilly topography."

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Too many hills, no signal.

Golden Gate Transit no longer offers free Wi-Fi on its 120 buses, because the "technology simply didn't work... because of Marin's hilly topography," according the Marin Independent Journal.

The Internet signals cost about $6,000 a month, the newspaper reported. That was simply too much for "spotty at best" service, officials declared.

Wi-Fi may return to Golden Gate Transit buses, which many Marinites use to reach jobs in San Francisco. Officials will see if a 4G network will fit the bill within "six months," a spokeswoman said.

The bus Wi-Fi project cost $245,000 and was up and running first in 2011.

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