Coastal Express Implements Wireless Internet

Hopes to Make Mass Transit More Appealing to Commuters

Passengers on the Coastal Express between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties can now enjoy free wireless Internet while on their commute.

In a joint venture between the Traffic Solutions division of the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) and Citrix Online, passengers aboard Coastal Express buses can surf the Web, check email, and work remotely on their laptops, cell phones, and other devices free of charge. The bus service commutes daily between Goleta, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Ventura, and Oxnard. The Web service was implemented six weeks ago and has been met with favorable response: “I can check my email and use the Web while I’m on the bus,” Express commuter Jim Fredrickson said, “which saves me time at home.”

With a low fare of $2, passengers may now do more than simply look out the window. And, with the low price of a ticket and the free Internet provided, Traffic Solutions hopes to reduce congestion up and down the 101. “Everyone’s busy and looking for ways to use their time more efficiently,” Kent Epperson, director of Traffic Solutions, said in a press release. “This is a great way to reclaim valuable time that is usually lost while commuting.”

For more information, visit or call (800) 438-1112.

Blake Huniscker is an Independent intern.

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