Research Rest-Stop │ “The Growing Use of Portable Electronic Technology on Intercity Buses, Trains & Planes”

Every Wednesday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) highlights some interesting research related to or innovations in transportation, sustainability, or energy.

Today, we present a recent DePaul University study, which found that offering wireless access to people traveling between cities via plane, train, or bus can encourage ridership.

The study noted that riders increasingly use digital wireless devices during their trips. With so many riders wanting to stay connected, the ability to have wireless access while using mass transit makes this way of traveling even more appealing. To support these preferences, many bus companies and train operators now offer free Wi-Fi to their customers.

Expanding this wireless network has the potential to transform travel behavior in the United States. While the study does not go so far as to argue that access to these wireless technologies could lead to a decrease in automobile use, it does present a very interesting point in that our ability to stay connected is starting to remain consistent, no matter what mode we use.

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