The solution to commuting woes

The solution to commuting woes
: I have the solution to commuting woes, crowded highways, underfunded trains and busses, all in one little word:

Wi-fi.

Commuter rails in Canada and northern California are testing wi-fi on commuter trains.

I drive to work now but that’d make me leave my car behind. I’d even pay more for the privilege of using the service. I could work, surf, chat, whatever instead of wasting time twiddling thumbs or staring off into space. I wouldn’t even get so upset during the delays.

NJ Transit: Take a lesson from Starbucks and McDonalds and Canada’s rails. If you offered wi-fi connectivity, I’d bet that more people would take the trains — and pay more.

  • http://www.knitwitology.net/knitlog Morgan

    Any of the NY metro public transportation systems should pay attention. Heck I’d settle for cellphone availability underground.

  • http://hurryupharry.bloghouse.net Harry

    Staring into space?
    Ever tried reading a newspaper Jeff? Or is that too ‘big media’? :)

  • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

    Harry:
    No, I just wanted to whine. But I have a very, very long commute and thus, i can get through three papers. And that’s one way. Then there’s the other.

  • Catherine

    Keep dreaming, Jeff.
    NJT is crap. They make the LIRR look efficient. My cube-mate spent the summer in commuter hell. Switching problems, track problems, and it took them years to build that money hole connect center in Secaucus along the Turnpike. I took it for a week in the spring when I was house sitting in Madison and there was always an issue of finding a platform due to Amtrak sharing space with them (the LIRR doesn’t have that issue).
    I hope it happens, and I think it has the potential to boost train commuters and reduce traffic. I just don’t think the numb nuts at NJT or the MTA will realize this.

  • JG

    Actually, the last thing NJ Transit needs is more passengers – they’ve been pretty upfront about the trouble they have serving the passengers they’ve already got.
    For instance, the new Secaucus transfer station is only open on weekends because the mid-town direct is too crowded for the expected transferees.
    And the 158 bus through Edgewater and Weehauken – usually a double-length articulated vehicle – is so crowded in the morning that it routinely bypasses the last 10-12 stops before heading into the tunnel.
    Just my $0.02.

  • hey

    hmm.. perhaps they should increase their fares??? like say 2 or 3x
    if you can’t supply the demand, increase your prices to reduce the demand… (and have cash to be able to expand and serve more customers in the future)
    this is why transportation is too important to let governments touch it