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Saskatoon Transit art contest winners revealed

June 25, 2019 - 1:25pm

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June 25, 2019 - 1:30pm

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Saskatoon Transit unveiled two new pieces of artwork for the 2nd Saskatoon Transit Student Art Contest. The contest was open to all grade 3 and 7 students in Saskatoon 

“This is a great opportunity for elementary school students to see a piece of artwork, created by someone just like them, on the side of a transit bus. This is a way to honour the creative work they do and be a part of the growing Active Transportation culture in Saskatoon” says Jim McDonald, Director of Saskatoon Transit.   

Grade 7 student, Avery from St. Philip School and grade 3 student, Kinsey from Saskatoon French School are this year’s best of show winners. The winning pieces were chosen by the Remai Modern’s Learning and Engagement Manager, Kelly Van Damme based on how well they reflected the Active Transportation” theme. 

“Walking, and sometimes cycling, is the beginning and end of each transit trip,” says Jay Magus, Director of Transportation. “By combining an active trip with a transit trip, people are able to make trips that are farther than they may be able to walk or bike.”  

“Students can be incredibly insightful, and we can learn a lot from the creative ways in which they communicate that insight,” said Darcie Lich, the coordinator who oversees fine arts education at Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. “The ideas they express through their art can be good lessons for us on how to be more active, how to be more engaged in our communities and how to make simple little decisions that help us live more sustainably. Thank you to all students who participated, and congratulations to the winners” 

The winning artwork will be displayed on the side of Saskatoon Transit buses traveling across Saskatoon throughout the summer. 

  “At Saskatoon Public Schools, we encourage our students and families to explore active transportation for their commute to school. The Student Art Contest complements this work by allowing our students to creatively explore and envision their community while learning about active transportation,” said Paul Janzen, Superintendent of Education for Saskatoon Public Schools.   

This art contest helps plant the seed at a young age of how public transportation works as part of Active Transportation and that it is a viable and sustainable option in our city says Jim McDonald, Director of Saskatoon Transit. 

Traditional Indigenous teachings inspire design of new Transit shelter

June 24, 2019 - 6:41pm

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June 24, 2019 - 6:45pm

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Saskatoon Transit and students from Nutana Collegiate worked together with Elder Harry Lafond to create the design of a new bus shelter at 12th Street and Broadway Avenue 

“This new artwork is a beautiful addition to the Broadway district that helps tell the history of this land and add to the vibrancy of this important street,” says Mayor Charlie Clark. “Thank you to the students at Nutana Collegiate and Elder Harry Lafond for the work you have put into this project. It will be enjoyed for years to come.”  

Following the success of the collaboration with students at Aden Bowman Collegiate on a Métis inspired bus shelter, Saskatoon Transit engaged ten students, this time from the Nutana Industry and Career Education program. The students reflected on Elder Lafond’s teachings and the following words emerged to represent their story:  

Life 
Beauty 
Love 
Growth 
Connection 
Sacrifice 
Healing 
Regeneration 
Plants 
Community 

Saskatoon Transit’s Bus Shelter Art Project complies with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #79calling upon the government, Aboriginal organizations and the arts community, to develop a reconciliation framework for Canadian heritage and commemoration, including integrating Indigenous history, heritage values and memory practices into Canada’s history.  

“This shelter is yet another example of moving toward a more inclusive, responsive and welcoming transit system,” says Jim McDonald, Director of Saskatoon Transit. “It is a physical reminder and proof of the commitment the City has made on answering the Calls to Action.”   

The artwork was inspired by Elder Harry Lafond’s traditional teachings of Indigenous history and values which inspired the student’s designs. They were then laser cut by Metal Shapes Manufacturing.  

“We are of the land, the Creator put us on the land so that we would have life, in return we are to be humble stewards of this land so our grandchildren will have life,” Lafond says.  

This project offered a unique way for students to represent ideas of Truth and Reconciliation and express themselves as young people,” says Nicole Stevens, Industry and Career Education teacher at Nutana CollegiateThe students used the seasons, earth, fire, water, the medicine wheel, and tipi as symbols of their story. We are proud of the finished product and feel it not only represents the story of our students, but also reflects Nutana Collegiate and Saskatoon Public Schools’ commitment to Truth and Reconciliation. As we look forward to National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we hope this bus shelter brings a positive sense of community to all who see and use it.”  

Special event bus service to the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band concert at SaskTel Centre

June 24, 2019 - 9:01am

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June 24, 2019 - 9:00am

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Direct service from the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to see the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at SaskTel Centre on Tuesday, June 25 is available at the following times:

  • 6:15 p.m.
  • 6:45 p.m.
  • 7:15 p.m.

Post event drop-off is the downtown terminal.

Regular fares apply ($3.00 per trip). Transfers and passes are also accepted.

Transit service times for special events at SaskTel Centre in June can be found at SaskatoonTransit.ca/plan-my-trip/popular-destinations. Experience the convenience of using Saskatoon Transit to attend all your favourite events.

Special event bus service to the Shawn Mendes concert at SaskTel Centre

June 17, 2019 - 7:51am

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June 17, 2019 - 7:45am

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Direct service from the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to see Shawn Mendes at SaskTel Centre on Monday, June 17 is available at the following times:

  • 6:15 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 6:55 p.m.
  • 7:10 p.m.
  • 7:35 p.m.

Post event drop-off is the downtown terminal.

Regular fares apply ($3.00 per trip). Transfers and passes are also accepted.

Transit service times for special events at SaskTel Centre in June can be found at SaskatoonTransit.ca/plan-my-trip/popular-destinations. Experience the convenience of using Saskatoon Transit to attend all your favourite events.
 

Special event bus service to the Carrie Underwood concert at SaskTel Centre

May 30, 2019 - 7:28am

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May 30, 2019 - 7:30am

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Direct service from the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to see Carrie Underwood at SaskTel Centre on Friday, May 31 is available at the following times:

  • 5:45 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m.
  • 6:25 p.m.
  • 6:40 p.m.
  • 7:05 p.m.
  • 7:20 p.m.

Post event drop-off is the downtown terminal.

Regular fares apply ($3.00 per trip). Transfers and passes are also accepted.

Transit service times for special events at SaskTel Centre in May can be found at SaskatoonTransit.ca/plan-my-trip/popular-destinations. Experience the convenience of using Saskatoon Transit to attend all your favourite events.

Access Transit celebrates 15 years during National AccessAbility Week

May 30, 2019 - 7:26am

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May 30, 2019 - 7:30am

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Access Transit served their first customer in 2004, and is currently a part of the family of services offered by Saskatoon Transit. Access Transit serves those who are unable to use conventional transit with safety and dignity.

The public is invited to celebrate National AccessAbility Week and Access Transit’s 15th anniversary on Thursday, May 30, 2019 (10:00.a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). Burgers, hotdogs, coffee and games will be part of the event.

Saskatoon Transit will take this opportunity to further break down barriers, promote inclusion while we celebrate Access Transit and their 15 year history in Saskatoon. Both an Access and conventional bus will be on-site to tour and Transit staff will be available to answer questions regarding the family of services provided.

A lot of work is being done to ensure Transit is accessible to all ages and abilities and this celebration is a great opportunity to showcase just that.

Last chance! Student Art submissions accepted until May 30

May 28, 2019 - 8:38am

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May 28, 2019 - 8:30am

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Saskatoon Transit’s 2nd Annual Student Art Contest closes Thursday, May 30. Grade three and seven students can submit artwork representing Active Transportation to their teachers by the end of the school day. Teachers must email Saskatoon Transit (transit.services@Saskatoon.ca) by 5:00 p.m to let us know you have a pick-up. 

Two winners will be chosen, one from each grade to have their art displayed on City transit buses throughout the summer.

Grades three and seven were chosen by the school boards to participate in the contest because they both discuss public transportation as part of their curriculum.

Transit is often an overlooked part of Active Transportation, extending all forms of human-powered transportation such as walking, jogging, cycling, skateboarding etc. Watch for the winners and art to be revealed at the end of June. 

Special event bus service to the Cher concert at SaskTel Centre

May 23, 2019 - 1:05pm

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May 23, 2019 - 1:00pm

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Direct service from the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to see Cher at SaskTel Centre on Thursday, May 23 is available at the following times:

  • 6:15 p.m.
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 6:55 p.m.
  • 7:10 p.m.
  • 7:35 p.m.

Post event drop-off is the downtown terminal.

Regular fares apply ($3.00 per trip). Transfers and passes are also accepted.

Transit service times for special events at SaskTel Centre in May can be found at SaskatoonTransit.ca/plan-my-trip/popular-destinations. Experience the convenience of using Saskatoon Transit to attend all your favourite events.

Long weekend! Civic services and holiday hours for Victoria Day, Monday, May 20, 2019

May 15, 2019 - 4:06pm

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May 15, 2019 - 4:00pm

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It's the long weekend and on Victoria Day, Monday, May 20, the City of Saskatoon will have a number of adjusted civic services and altered holiday hours.

 

View all details at saskatoon.ca 

YXE is gearing up for Bike to Work Day!

May 14, 2019 - 3:54pm

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May 14, 2019 - 4:00pm

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The City of Saskatoon is hosting Bike to Work Day YXE on Wednesday, May 15, 2019: an initiative that encourages citizens to choose active transportation and to celebrate those who already use their bicycles to get to and from work and other commitments.

Anyone participating in Bike to Work Day YXE should note the following tips and information:

  • Between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m., participating businesses and organizations will have Commuter Stations set up. Anyone on a bicycle is invited to stop for coffee, giveaways, or a chance to win prizes! When safe to do so, snap a photo and upload it to social media using the hashtag #BiketoWorkYXE to show us how your commute is going!
  • If you live too far from work to bike the entire way, consider taking Saskatoon Transit part of the way. Plan your trip using the Transit app or Google Transit on your desktop. All buses are equipped with front bike racks that are free and easy to use. The bike racks also accommodate fat tires.

Learn more about Bike to Work Day YXE and find resources on cycling in the city at Saskatoon.ca/biketoworkyxe.

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