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Free WiFi to be installed on DART and Dublin rail services 'by the summer'

A major extension of free WiFi on public transport is to be rolled out this year including Bus Éireann, Luas, and possibly Dublin Bus, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has said.

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FREE WIRELESS INTERNET is to be installed on the DART and Dublin commuter rail fleet “by this summer,” Irish Rail has confirmed.

In further good news for Dublin commuters, WiFi is also due to be introduced on Luas trams this year, while Dublin Bus is planning to carry out a pilot scheme on 10 buses this year before examining the feasibility of making it available on the wider fleet.

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar confirmed the major expansion of wireless internet on Ireland’s public transport networks in the Dáil.

Bus Éireann is planning to continue its rollout of WiFi but it is subject to funding being made available for the project. 36 Bus Éireann buses currently have WiFi fitted.

The project to install WiFi on the DART and commuter rail fleet in the Greater Dublin Area started last year. Full WiFi on those services is due to be rolled out “by this summer”, a spokesperson for Irish Rail confirmed to TheJournal.ie.

The Railway Procurement Agency is installing WiFi for passengers on Luas trams this year, Minister Varadkar said in response to a parliamentary question from Sinn Féin’s Peader Tóibín.

There are as yet no details on exact dates or information on how the service will work for passengers.

Irish Rail began rolling out WiFi for the first time on its Cork to Dublin route last July.

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