Wi-Fi Coming to BART?

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BART in talks for systemwide Wi-Fi service

Hot Donkey! It looks like we might actually get wifi on the BART public transit system in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Chronicle is reporting on a plan to add high-speed wifi to the entire BART system, including the Transbay Tube!

As someone who rides BART most days this is GREAT news. Right now I can use my EVDO card on BART, but only on above ground areas or in Downtown San Francisco.

I have been one of the early BART wifi users testing out their current pilot program and I have to say when you can get a signal it works really well. I’ve only ever been able to get a signal in the Powell Street Station, but when I’ve gotten one there it’s been super fast.

I do think it’s a bummer that the current pilot wifi makes you relog in every time you access it, but hey, who can complain about free wifi right?

It would be really great to see wifi on the entire BART system and I’m sure would encourage even more people to commute on BART rather than drive polluting cars into the city.

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  1. William Beem says:

    I don’t mean to be a downer, but free WiFi means opportunity for sniffers. Considering the technical savvy of many in the Bay Area, be careful when you surf the free air. You’re safer with your EVDO card.

  2. Pension says:

    I love free WiFi, but I am careful ;-)

  3. Thomas Hawk says:

    You’re safer with your EVDO card.

    But EVDO is soooooo slooowwwww.