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Free, public Wi-Fi is now available on every bus

We’re improving the technology resources available on our buses to better serve our riders. All Cherriots Local and Cherriots Regional buses have been outfitted with free, public Wi-Fi! Now riders can connect their phones, tablets, and laptops to Wi-Fi on the bus so they can check their email, read the news, or follow Cherriots on social media. 

We’re excited to add this new feature on all Cherriots buses to give our riders a new convenience and an even better experience on the bus.

The network on each bus is called “Cherriots Public Bus WiFi” so you can connect with confidence. It is meant for simple online tasks and the Wi-Fi speed is not meant for streaming video and music. The signal uses the same technology as your mobile phone, so it’s limited to the areas where mobile phones receive a good signal. Regional riders should prepare for the signal to drop in certain rural areas of the Santiam Canyon, for example. 

We encourage riders to wait until the bus has left the transit center to connect to the network so you don’t accidentally connect to a different bus. If you do, you’ll lose your connection when the bus departs! 

We are also introducing USB ports for charging small electronics on our new Cherriots Route 1X buses! That trip between Salem and Wilsonville can seem like a long one, so we’ve purchased new “commuter” buses with ultra-comfortable seats, luggage racks, and now a way to both charge your phone and use it to connect to Wi-Fi! And in September, we added extra trips during the day for Route 1X because of the popularity of this route. Come see what your commute is missing by giving it a try!

Free, public Wi-Fi is a new service for our riders and we want it to be as useful as possible. If you have any issues, contact our I.T. Department by emailing or calling Customer Service at 503-588-2877 to let them know what happened. Make sure you share the date, time, and bus number, (not the route number but the specific bus you were on). That way we can get the issue fixed right away and get our riders connected!

Don’t forget - we also offer free, public Wi-Fi at the Downtown Transit Center and Keizer Transit Center. And this technology upgrade on the buses will also enable real-time tracking of the buses starting in 2020! That will allow riders to see when the next bus is arriving at every stop.

When you ride Cherriots, you can stay connected in more than one way to the people and places you love!

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