The City of Manila is planning to turn waiting sheds to not just waiting sheds, but also, Wi-Fi hotspots.
Mayor Joseph Estrada signed a memorandum of agreement, Friday, with Global Gold Goal Inc., who shall be shouldering the expenses of not only the Wi-Fi hostspots, but also solar powered streetlights, and CCTV cameras.
Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said commuters may start seeing the Wi-Fi-ready waiting sheds within the next two weeks along loading and unloading zones for buses, as designated by the city’s Traffic Management Committee.
So, if one of these waiting sheds are one of your stops, well, be sure to have your smartphone’s Wi-Fi connection enabled:
- Quirino-Taft Avenue
- Park N’ Ride Lawton Terminal
- España before Lacson (for northbound buses coming from Cavite province)
- the footbridge in front of the University of Santo Tomas
- Manila Multimodal Terminal
- Luneta Park
- Quirino-Taft Avenue (eastbound coming from Fairview)
- V. Mapa
- Ramon Magsaysay Boulevard
- Pureza Street
- Arlegui Street
- Park N’ Ride Lawton Terminal (westbound coming from San Juan)
Well, I see this step as a way to encourage more commuters to use the proper terminals/waiting sheds. I also see this as an opportunity for snatchers and/or hold-uppers to steal more smartphones which are newer and, should I dare say, much more functional than the shit they sell on sidewalks.