Tuesday, August 28 17:32:34
Free Wi-Fi access will be available across almost the entire public transport system in 2013. Wi-Fi internet access will be introduced on Irish Rail's Dart and commuter rail services this autumn, and on 80 new Dublin Bus vehicles by Christmas, according to Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar. Wi-Fi is already available on Irish Rail Intercity services and most of Bus Eireann's fleet. It is also currently being tested on LUAS services, and should be available across the city by the end of the year. And as part of a drive to provide up-to-date facilities for tourists and to help Dublin and Ireland to maintain a competitive edge, Wi-Fi services are also being provided in tourism offices across Ireland, including the principle office on O'Connell Street. It's also being proposed for the tourist office on Suffolk Street, and a total of 16 offices throughout Ireland. The service is being tried and will be available in a number of offices in the near future. "We need to ensure that public transport remains an attractive and competitive option for passengers. Free internet access gives public transport a significant edge over the car, and is already proving popular with passengers where provided. "At the same time, tourists rely increasingly on the internet when travelling, using their smart phones or tablets to conduct their research on the move. In order for Ireland to compete as a tourism destination, we must offer 21st century services to 21st century tourists."