The State Government has moved one step closer to providing free wi-fi on public transport, with the Public Transport Authority starting a formal consultation process for the provision of internet services on buses, trains and stations.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said a trial would involve trains and buses travelling through a wide range of suburbs plus the central Perth train stations and bus ports.
"We live in a highly connected community. We use online services to shop, bank and chat with our friends and families. Governments need to respond to the community's preference for greater flexibility, quick access to information and easier transactions. This is part of our strategy to deliver provide a better customer service for passengers," Mr Nalder said.
The Minister said a number of companies had approached the Government, including some who offered to provide services for free, in exchange for advertising revenue.
Transperth's commuter lines account for more than 63 million passenger trips each year.
"I am confident we already have the best public transport system in the country, but it is important we stay ahead of the curve and look at ways we can improve," Mr Nalder said.
"This Government is committed to delivering smart and effective transport solutions for our growing city. That's why we've decided to go to the market to find out if it's reasonable to improve the customer experience in this way."
Trial would run on 10 trains on all lines
Length of the trial to be determined
Tender closes September 1, 2015
Transperth research indicates 38 per cent of bus passengers and 36 per cent of train passengers were aged between 18 and 25 (2014 figure)
Australians' use of wi-fi hotspots has increased six-fold since 2009