New York City rolls out its first WiFi-equipped buses

Internet access is available during your Queens commute.

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When the Metropolitan Transportation Authority promised that New York City's WiFi-packing buses would arrive sometime in the second or third quarter of this year, it was clearly being cautious -- the first wave of those buses is rolling out today. Visit Queens and you'll see seven internet-savvy people carriers roaming the streets, with a total of 75 in the borough this summer. That's still tiny next to the 2,042 planned buses for the entire city, but it'll be helpful if you just have to get your tablet online when you're in South Jamaica.

On top of that, New York state's mobile ticket efforts are moving ahead. It successfully tested the MTA eTix app, which saves you from using paper tickets, and expects to use it for "select lines" on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North in June. All rail travelers will get to use it by the end of this year.