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Metro Transit starts testing free Wi-Fi on Twin Cities buses

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Metro Transit hopes to help bus passengers stay connected by testing free Wi-Fi on several of its routes.

The Twin Cities' biggest transit company announced it is testing the service on select buses in 10 metro area cities, including Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Passengers need to keep an eye out for a "Wi-Fi" sign on the windshield to see if their bus has it enabled, connect their device to "TransitWi-Fi," agree to the term and conditions, and then browse away (but "no streaming," Metro Transit says.)

The company is trialling it on a combination of express and urban local routes to ensure "as many customers as possible" can sample it.

Buses in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Blaine, Columbus, Coon Rapids, East Bethel, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, and Lakeville will be involved in the trial.

Metro Transit introduced free Wi-Fi on its Northstar commuter trains in 2013, while the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority has been gradually rolling out free Wi-Fi on its commuter buses.

Metro Transit also announced this week that more than 1 million rides were taken on each of its Blue and Green light rail lines in July.

It is the fifth time monthly passenger numbers have passed 1 million for the Blue Line from downtown Minneapolis to the Mall of America, and the third time for the Green Line between Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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