Free Wi-Fi on MARTA? Trains, buses and a few stations have access

UPDATE (May 31): This was a test program; Wi-Fi has not been implemented longterm yet. MARTA has also said that about 300 modernized and Wi-Fi-friendly train cars are expected to replace its entire fleet by around 2023. 

 ORIGINAL STORY: The wait is over. 

MARTA announced Tuesday that its buses, trains and a few stations are now equipped with free Wi-Fi.

The “Wi-Fi Lite” connection allows riders to browse the web, send emails, read e-books and connect to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, a press release said. 

To get connected, go to Wi-Fi settings and select the network name based on your rail car number or bus, such as MARTA_Rail_Guest_673 or MARTA_Bus_Guest. Review and accept the terms and conditions.

If you change buses or train cars, you’ll need to re-connect on the new proper network. Speeds will vary throughout the route, and downloading large files or streaming video is prohibited due to limited bandwidth.

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All 38 rail stations are also set to get Wi-Fi, but so far installation has only been completed at Five Points, Peachtree Center and Dome stations. MARTA Mobility vehicles are expected to have access by mid-year.

MARTA had been working to get Wi-Fi up and running for years. In July 2015, the transit company announced it would pilot free Wi-Fi on buses, with a goal to have internet connectivity on both buses and trains by “next March.”

The transit agency recently introduced the new Gillig 1800 series bus into its fleet, and about 300 modernized train cars are expected to be delivered around 2023.

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