Gwinnett buses may get Wi-Fi next year

Gwinnett bus riders: You may be able to surf the web with ease on your morning commute next year.

The county transportation department has requested $471,100 to outfit all of its buses and other transit vehicles with Wi-Fi.

“We think this would provide a better experience to our riders and hopefully bring new riders into the system,” county Transportation Director Alan Chapman said Tuesday at a briefing on Gwinnett’s 2017 budget.

Chapman noted that the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority – which provides some express bus routes from Gwinnett to Atlanta – recently added Wi-Fi.

“We think it’s important to provide similar and good-quality service to our customers,” he said.

Gwinnett department heads are presenting their proposed budgets to a citizen advisory committee this week. The committee will help Chairman Charlotte Nash set spending priorities. Nash will unveil her proposed 2017 budget Nov. 15.