A. Was actually a service, and not just a test.
B. Is free, which BART’s will not be.
The only drawback is that the service will only be on transbay bus lines, and then only on MCI (Motor Coach Industries) buses, the ones with the comfy, high-backed seats made for longer trips.
Good news is that there are 78 MCIs, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get one of them on your way to work. The new service is somewhat groundbreaking, I was told. Rail services like Caltrain, Capitol Corridor and ACEhave been working on wi-fi for some time, even tantalizing riders with temporary periods of service. Service on buses, however, is somewhat novel.
I duly reported on this when I realized how much this would interest my fellow commuters, despite the fact that I was wrestling with MacArthur Maze and state transit budget cuts the same day.
Being the poor stepchild of long-haul commuting, AC Transit’s exclusive new service could go a long way toward breaking the ice with people on the verge of opting out of their single-occupant vehicles.