Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Leo Varadkar, has announced plans for free Wi-Fi across most of the public transport system by the end of 2013.
Irish Rail will introduce internet access on their Dart and Commuter rail services this Autumn, which is already available on select Intercity services.
Dublin Bus will also introduce Wi-Fi on 80 new vehicles, which should be available by the end of this year. The service is currently being tested on 10 buses from the No.16 route in Dublin City centre with positive feedback. After this research is concluded and the service is installed on the new vechicles, measures will be put in place to roll the service out to the entire Dublin Bus fleet.
Bus Éireann, as well as many private companies, offer complimentary Wi-Fi on most of its fleet. Dublin’s Luas is also set to benefit from the technology boost. The tram system has already trialled the service on two trams, which is expected to roll out to its entire fleet in 2013.
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.