Rising gas prices have made public transportation a viable alternative to the carpool. In fact, public transit use has increased more than sevenfold in the last 30 years. The bus industry’s ridership increased by 7.1 percent in 2011 alone.
With more riders come more demands. Wi-Fi availability is at the top of the list for an increasing number of riders. SinglePoint, a Wi-Fi solutions company, illustrates the demand for Wi-Fi on public transportation in the infographic below.
According to the infographic, technology use on buses has nearly doubled since 2009. Almost half of all riders say Wi-Fi availability is important to them when making travel plans. With an average commute taking 25 minutes, there is plenty of time for riders to entertain themselves with cell phone calls, music and Wi-Fi.
Commuters in major urban areas save more than $9,000 annually by using public transit instead of driving. Looks like it’s time to buy a bus pass.
Check out the full infographic below.