Program demonstrates the growing need for digitally-enabled public works

Los Angelinos now have a bus system that could start a nationwide trend if it proves successful. A pilot program of selected bus shelters include integral phone utility suites offering WiFi hotspots and charging stations to allow connected commuters to stay in the loop.

Besides the obvious utility of charging a phone while commuting on a low battery, the connected bus shelters offer cost-free access to personal work and schedule announcements to anybody within range. Even those with a smartphone but no current cell service can access email as well as updates on bus schedules and slowdowns.

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