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Augusta Transit Wi-Fi will be free, even if bus rides won’t

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 2:32 PM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Augusta Transit is now offering free public Wi-Fi service to riders at the Broad Street transfer center, 1546 Broad St.

This is the first of two phases Augusta Transit is undertaking to expand the digital experience for customers.

“It has always been one of our goals to provide free internet access to the community,” said Augusta Transit Deputy Director Dr. Oliver Page. “So much of our lives is done virtually and it was important to keep our customers connected to the internet – for transit schedules and information, education, and work.”

This comes after Augusta officials earlier this week took steps to restore fares for bus rides, which have been free for some time.

The Augusta Commission’s Public Service Committee voted to move forward with reinstating bus fares. The regular bus fee is $1.25 a ride. A weekly pass is $15.

Back in April, the commission voted to suspend bus fees because of the pandemic. The transit director says Augusta Transit saw a 20 percent increase in people using the bus since those fees were waived.

This will head to the full Augusta Commission next week. If it is passed, riders will receive 30-day notice before the fees are back in place.

For more information on transit fare costs, visit https://www.augustaga.gov/247/passes-fares.

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