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Wi-Fi on older buses?

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While I was riding bus #7401 this afternoon, my phone detected a Wi-Fi network called "MTA7401." I clicked on it and it asked for a password. I checked with the driver; he had no idea that Wi-Fi was even there.

 

How many pre-existing buses are being equipped with Wi-Fi?  And does anybody know the password?

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I think that just the GPS and I don't think it's for public access either.

 

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That's not a public WiFi network. That's for the GPS systems.

Is that the way that the (MTA) can check to see if the system has malfunctioned on the bus?  I notice very few buses are ghost buses these days, which is a good thing.  Has improved dramatically, at least on the express bus side.

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Is that the way that the (MTA) can check to see if the system has malfunctioned on the bus? I notice very few buses are ghost buses these days, which is a good thing. Has improved dramatically, at least on the express bus side.

Kinda sorta, they can track every bus through BusTrek. If the system isn't working on the buses, they would call the operator about their run time and so-on.

 

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All of the buses from 2008 and up have some sort of wifi for IVN (Intelligent Vehicle Network). IVN is like a bus version of "OnStar".

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All of the buses from 2008 and up have some sort of wifi for IVN (Intelligent Vehicle Network). IVN is like a bus version of "OnStar".

 

Very cool. Can a dispatcher get info on what is wrong with a bus if it breaks down, etc, through this system?

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dispatchers could care less what's wrong with the bus if it breaks down same goes for the operators. Not in their job description.

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dispatchers could care less what's wrong with the bus if it breaks down same goes for the operators. Not in their job description.

 

LOL! 

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Very cool. Can a dispatcher get info on what is wrong with a bus if it breaks down, etc, through this system?

No, the information is downloaded once the bus enters the depot. Only superintendents and line supervisors get this information.
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No, the information is downloaded once the bus enters the depot. Only superintendents and line supervisors get this information.

 

Very cool, thanks! Didn't know they had that feature. 

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On 9/12/2016 at 5:38 PM, Gotham Bus Co. said:

While I was riding bus #7401 this afternoon, my phone detected a Wi-Fi network called "MTA7401." I clicked on it and it asked for a password. I checked with the driver; he had no idea that Wi-Fi was even there.

 

How many pre-existing buses are being equipped with Wi-Fi?  And does anybody know the password?

I know that some of the 2015-2016 Nova LFS buses on Staten island have wifi

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