RTA is investing in a well-rounded experience for all riders, with the announcement of Homework Hot Spots/Free Wi-Fi coming soon to even more stations and vehicles beginning in September 2019 and expecting the full fleet to be equipped by spring of 2020.
While actively making strides to close the digital divide, RTA is working to bridge the gap for homes and neighborhoods that have limited to no access to technology via the internet. So with an AT&T contract investment of $2 million for 5 years for a complete cellular and Wi-Fi communications upgrade overhaul, RTA is becoming a solution and an advocate for education and educational success.
This communications upgrade will improve connectivity to the buses and trains providing more accurate real-time information, an improved customer experience, and better communication with our safety forces.
Buses from the Hayden District, as well as the Cleveland State Line, HealthLine, and Trolleys will be the first to offer free Wi-Fi for customers. We expect approximately 8 vehicles per day to be on-line. Once the Hayden district is complete, the fleets at Triskett and Paratransit will be connected. Rail is expected to be online starting January 2020.
Stations that currently offer free Wi-Fi are:
- Tower City Station: rotunda, waiting areas, platforms adjacent to waiting areas
- Cedar-Univeristy Station: interior bus waiting area, rail lobby
- E. 55th Station: lobby, outdoor platforms
- Louis Stokes-Windermere Station: interior lobby, rail platform, bus loop
- Southgate Transit Center: interior lobby
- Stephanie Tubbs Jones Transit Center: interior lobby, first two bus lanes
Stations in process:
- Cedar-University Station: outdoor bus area, rail platforms
- Puritas Station
- W. 65th Station
- W. 117-Madison Station
- Brookpark Station
- Superior Station
In 2018, statistics showed that nearly one in five teens were unable to complete their homework because they lacked access to a computer or internet in their home, thus leading to incomplete assignments and potentially to lower grades.
We are able to help students overcome barriers to technology, be confident in the classroom, and giving the next generation of students their best shot at a great future.
There are many reasons why this initiative is important and we are happy to provide our customers this new access to Wi-Fi. All you have to do is accept the terms to joining the network and you’re in. Just watch for the network name R-T-A-C-L-E in September and happy riding.