2,000 connected buses featuring Wi-Fi and USB ports to hit NYC streets

The New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority wants to make riding the bus ‘cool’ again.

At a press conference earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a plan to roll out 2,042 technologically-advanced buses throughout the next five years, with the first new buses hitting the streets as early as this April.

The most prominent of the new features include 35-55 USB charging ports throughout the buses, plus free WiFi connectivity. The program, which is being funded by a $1.3 billion investment of city resources, will eventually replace almost 40 percent of the current bus fleet. In addition to the new buses, the MTA is in the process of retrofitting all of its existing express buses with USB and WiFi.

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