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DC Circulator buses get free Wi-Fi

A DC Circulator bus on the Union Station route is seen in this 2017 WTOP file photo. (WTOP/Max Smith)

WASHINGTON — A majority of D.C. Circulator buses now have free Wi-Fi and even more of the familiar red buses will soon.

The District Department of Public Transportation said 58 of the 72 buses in the Circulator fleet are now equipped with free public Wi-Fi. There are Wi-Fi-equipped buses on all six of the D.C. Circulator routes.

Wi-Fi will be standard on all future Circulator bus purchases, DDOT said.

“Integrating free Wi-Fi into the amenity offerings on our vehicles is a crucial step forward in delivering transit services that meet riders’ expectations in a digitally connected world,” said DDOT director Jeff Marootian.

Circulator buses equipped with free Wi-Fi have a symbol above bus doors.

Most Circulator buses already include USB ports and dual-screen digital displays.

The D.C. Circulator fleet is also the largest fleet of electric buses on the East Coast.

The 12-year-old Circulator system carried about 5 million riders last year across all six of its routes.


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