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Important Service Update for Saskatoon Transit and Access Transit today

March 3, 2024 - 9:36 am

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Today’s ongoing snowfall with high gusting winds causing drifting continues to make for challenging roadway conditions all throughout Saskatoon. City snow crews and contractors are working  hard and around the clock plowing, grading and sanding/salting to get Saskatoon moving, however Transit Schedules will be delayed. 

Today, Sunday, March 3, Transit will have reduced service for fixed route to Priority 1 Streets only.

  • Please use the Transit App and Google Transit to see the live location of any bus on the road.
  • Access Transit will operate as emergency services only, provided buses are able to access the area.

What Transit users can expect today:

  • With blizzard-like conditions continuing in Saskatoon and anticipating an additional 10 to 15+ centimetres of snow,  expect Transit delays and frequency disruptions.
    • There will be frequency and route disruptions throughout today.
    • As roadway conditions improve, updates will be issued on the City’s website and the Transit app.
    • Thank you for your patience while we work through these challenging weather conditions.

Winter Transit Tips:

  • Stay up-to-date on current weather conditions.
  • Stay informed on the status of your bus. 
    • Transit service alerts regarding detours or temporary bus stop closures and real-time bus locations are available on third-party apps like Transit and Google Transit on desktop.
    • Pin the routes you use often and receive service alert push notifications.
    • Check our service alerts page.
  • Dress for the weather.
  • Winter driving conditions can result in delays, give yourself a little extra time to get to your destination.
  • Saskatoon Transit’s Safe Bus program runs year-round. If you are lost, cold, scared, or hurt, hold up your hand (palm out) in the direction of an approaching Transit bus, or go to a parked bus, & the operator will stop, contact emergency services & provide shelter to the next terminal.
  • Keep pathways clear and safe.

Visit saskatoon.ca for additional winter weather service impacts.

To report an issue or for more information, contact our Transit Customer Service Representatives at 306-975-3100.

City’s snow crews, road maintenance equipment fully prepared for major storm

March 2, 2024 - 6:34 pm

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*** This PSA was earlier posted to our website/and to social media, February 2 at 1:30 p.m. but failed to connect with ours News Subscribers. Our apologies for the technology problem encountered resulting in this delay.***

Environment & Climate Change Canada’s latest Winter Storm Warning forecasts a major winter snowstorm over the weekend for Saskatoon with the potential for heavy snowfall of 25-40 cmgusty winds, blowing snow, and reduced visibility at times.

With the wind picking up and snow moving into Saskatoon, City snow crews and contractors have been activated and are prepared to respond to this anticipated major snowstorm with plowing, grading and sanding/salting. The primary objective will be to maintain safety and mobility on Saskatoon’s Priority Streets despite the forecast for potentially harsh blizzard conditions.

The following equipment will be used to respond to the snowstorm:

  • 17 City graders and 16 contractor graders (additional emergency contractor graders are available, if needed)
  • 20 tandem sanders
  • 10 snowplow trucks
  • 10 one-ton sanders
  • 8 sidewalk plows and 5 other pieces of equipment for clearing City-maintained sidewalks.

During this weekend’s snowfall, City crews will plow Circle Drive, expressways and accesses to Fire Stations and Hospitals to help minimize accumulation and maintain mobility and safety for motorists. City and contractor graders will grade city Priority Streets, and sanders will be applying de-icing material as required, beginning with Circle Drive and other high speed and high traffic streets, bridges and intersections.

Blowing snow and heavy drifting is expected to impact outlying parts of the city and City crews will keep a close eye on known problem areas, and some work may have to be redone due to strong winds and ongoing drifting. We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we navigate through these weather conditions.

When a snow event (5+ cm accumulation of snow) is declared, here’s how City snow crews/contractors will prioritize response:

  • Priority 1 streets with three or more lanes like Circle Drive, Idylwyld, 22nd Street and College Drive will be plowed within 12 hours after the snowfall ends;
  • Priority 2 streets with double lanes like Clarence Avenue, McKercher Drive and Millar Avenue, as well as Saskatoon Transit routes will be graded within 36 hours; and
  • Priority 3 streets including school zones, Business Improvement District streets that don’t meet Priority 2 requirements and collector streets, as well as streets that take you through your neighbourhood like Louise Avenue, Howell Avenue and Main Street, will be graded within 72 hours.
  • Check out the Priority Street Snow Grading map for more information on what the Priority Streets are throughout Saskatoon. This map is regularly updated to provide the status of snow grading operations.

Residential streets are not included in the City’s regular winter maintenance strategy; this snowstorm’s potential impact on neighbourhood roads will be assessed after Priority 1, 2 and 3 streets are cleared. The City will reassess the situation on Monday morning and make adjustments if needed.

Road conditions deteriorate when heavy snow accumulation combines with gusty winds. And, if Saskatoon receives a heavy, sustained snowfall, the possibility for low visibility and drifting from blizzard-like conditions, streets may be difficult to get around on. To allow our maintenance crews to clear Priority Streets, and for emergency vehicles to move about, the City asks residents to consider postponing non-essential travel and stay off the roads as much as possible Saturday evening and throughout Sunday. 

If you need to go out, adjust your driving for the road conditions, leave extra room in case you need to stop suddenly and watch for blue and yellow flashing lights on road equipment. Please stay back at least 15 m from winter maintenance equipment. 

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation, patience and attention to safety as City snow crews and contractors will be working hard to keep Saskatoon moving this weekend and into next week.

City’s snow crews, road maintenance equipment fully prepared for major storm

March 2, 2024 - 1:30 pm

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Environment & Climate Change Canada’s latest Winter Storm Warning forecasts a major winter snowstorm over the weekend for Saskatoon with the potential for heavy snowfall of 25-40 cm, gusty winds, blowing snow, and reduced visibility at times.

With the wind picking up and snow moving into Saskatoon, City snow crews and contractors have been activated and are prepared to respond to this anticipated major snowstorm with plowing, grading and sanding/salting. The primary objective will be to maintain safety and mobility on Saskatoon’s Priority Streets despite the forecast for potentially harsh blizzard conditions.

The following equipment will be used to respond to the snowstorm:

  • 17 City graders and 16 contractor graders (additional emergency contractor graders are available, if needed)
  • 20 tandem sanders
  • 10 snowplow trucks
  • 10 one-ton sanders
  • 8 sidewalk plows and 5 other pieces of equipment for clearing City-maintained sidewalks.

During this weekend’s snowfall, City crews will plow Circle Drive, expressways and accesses to Fire Stations and Hospitals to help minimize accumulation and maintain mobility and safety for motorists. City and contractor graders will grade city Priority Streets, and sanders will be applying de-icing material as required, beginning with Circle Drive and other high speed and high traffic streets, bridges and intersections.

Blowing snow and heavy drifting is expected to impact outlying parts of the city and City crews will keep a close eye on known problem areas, and some work may have to be redone due to strong winds and ongoing drifting. We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we navigate through these weather conditions.

When a snow event (5+ cm accumulation of snow) is declared, here’s how City snow crews/contractors will prioritize response:

  • Priority 1 streets with three or more lanes like Circle Drive, Idylwyld, 22nd Street and College Drive will be plowed within 12 hours after the snowfall ends;
  • Priority 2 streets with double lanes like Clarence Avenue, McKercher Drive and Millar Avenue, as well as Saskatoon Transit routes will be graded within 36 hours; and
  • Priority 3 streets including school zones, Business Improvement District streets that don’t meet Priority 2 requirements and collector streets, as well as streets that take you through your neighbourhood like Louise Avenue, Howell Avenue and Main Street, will be graded within 72 hours.
  • Check out the Priority Street Snow Grading map for more information on what the Priority Streets are throughout Saskatoon. This map is regularly updated to provide the status of snow grading operations.

Residential streets are not included in the City’s regular winter maintenance strategy; this snowstorm’s potential impact on neighbourhood roads will be assessed after Priority 1, 2 and 3 streets are cleared. The City will reassess the situation on Monday morning and make adjustments if needed.

Road conditions deteriorate when heavy snow accumulation combines with gusty winds. And, if Saskatoon receives a heavy, sustained snowfall, the possibility for low visibility and drifting from blizzard-like conditions, streets may be difficult to get around on. To allow our maintenance crews to clear Priority Streets, and for emergency vehicles to move about, the City asks residents to consider postponing non-essential travel and stay off the roads as much as possible Saturday evening and throughout Sunday. If you have errands to run, consider trying to get out as early as possible Saturday.  

If you need to go out, adjust your driving for the road conditions, leave extra room in case you need to stop suddenly and watch for blue and yellow flashing lights on road equipment. Please stay back at least 15 m from winter maintenance equipment. 

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation, patience and attention to safety as City snow crews and contractors will be working hard to keep Saskatoon moving this weekend and into next week.

Saskatoon Transit prepares for winter weather challenges

March 1, 2024 - 5:30 pm

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With the likelihood of heavy snowfall this weekend, Saskatoon Transit is committed to providing safe, reliable and accessible transit services to residents.

What can you expect?

  • Five (5) centimetres of snow: Expect delays
    • Service may be delayed in some areas of the city.
  • Five (5) centimetres to 15 centimetres of snow: Expect delays and potential frequency disruptions.
    • There will likely be delays on many routes, particularly during peak times, such as rush hour.
  • Blizzard, Ice Storm, more than 15 centimetres of snow: Expect delays and frequency disruptions.
    • There will be frequency reductions and direct route service from downtown to major terminals will go into effect.
    • As conditions improve updates will be issued on Transit Twitter, the website and the Transit app.

Winter Transit Tips:

  • Stay up-to-date on current weather conditions.
  • Stay informed on the status of your bus. 
    • Transit service alerts regarding detours or temporary bus stop closures and real-time bus locations are available on third-party apps like Transit and Google Transit on desktop.
    • Pin the routes you use often and receive service alert push notifications.
    • Check our service alerts page and follow @stoontransit on X.
  • Dress for the weather.
  • Winter driving conditions can result in delays, give yourself a little extra time to get to your destination.
  • Saskatoon Transit’s Safe Bus program runs year-round. If you are lost, cold, scared, or hurt, hold up your hand (palm out) in the direction of an approaching Transit bus, or go to a parked bus, & the operator will stop, contact emergency services & provide shelter to the next terminal.
  • Keep pathways clear and safe.

Visit saskatoon.ca for additional winter weather service impacts.

To report an issue or for more information, contact City Customer Service Representatives at 306-975-3100.

Bus service to Blades vs Hurricanes

March 1, 2024 - 6:00 am

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Direct bus service from the Special Events Stop (23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to experience the Saskatoon Blades take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes at SaskTel Centre on Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m., is available at the following times:

  • 5:45 p.m. 
  • 6:25 p.m.

Post-event drop-off is at the downtown terminal and regular fares apply ($3.00 per trip). Fare can be purchased on your mobile phone using either the TGo or transit app, transfers and passes are also accepted. Typically, buses arrive onsite 30 minutes prior to the end of the event.

Plan your trip to events at SaskTel Centre on Route 333 using the Transit app up to two weeks in advance. Check out the Transit+ feature to help make connections that combine Transit with OnDemand Transit, riide, and Uber. Download the Transit app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

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

Saskatoon Transit warns public: beware of Multi-Use-Go-Pass fare scam

February 29, 2024 - 8:43 am

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Saskatoon Transit is warning residents of a Multi-Use-Go-Pass fare scam on social media and through a fraudulent website.  

The fraudulent social media account and posts are promoting a scam offer for a $2.35 Multi-Use-Go-Pass–the actual cost of a Multi-Use Pass is $8.50. Additionally, a website attached to this account is falsely claiming to be a Saskatoon Transit online page promoting "500 free travel cards" through an online survey. This deceptive scheme aims to trick individuals into purchasing a fake pass and disclosing personal information under the appearance of a competition. 

How to identify a potential scam: 

  • The scam offers seem too good to be true.  
  • The website may not be an official webpage or social media account page.  
  • Requests for personal or financial information are a red flag.    

Helpful reminders to help protect residents from potential scammers:   

  • The City never requests or collects credit card, bank accounts or any sort of personal information from customers via phone, text, social media, or email.   
  • Never give out your personal or banking information, or credit card number via phone, text, social media, email, or on a non-trusted website. It is a best practice to block suspicious phone numbers, email addresses or social media accounts and delete them after reporting.   
  • Do not click on suspicious web links.   
  • Always verify information from trusted sources:  
    • Official website:  
      • Saskatoon.ca 
      • Saskatoontransit.ca or Transit.saskatoon.ca  
    • Social media channels:  
      • @cityofsaskatoon 
      • @stoontransit 

Scammers typically use the information gathered to get money or commit identity theft.  

Residents should contact their bank if they have become a victim of fraud, and report these types of phone or online scams to Saskatoon Police Service at saskatoonpolice.ca/onlinereporting/fraud/ or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center, 1-888-495-8501

Concerned residents may also call the City of Saskatoon to speak with a Customer Service Representative at 306-975-2400.   

City snow crews continue to address local drifting, problem areas; de-icing to improve traction

February 27, 2024 - 7:30 am

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Saskatoon received about 18 centimetres of snowfall since Sunday. Strong winds and dropping temperatures created challenging road conditions all throughout the city. The storm ended in the early evening and the fourth snow event of our season was declared.

City snow crews will continue to focus on grading snow on priority streets and applying de-icing materials to improve traction. Snow clearing from bridge walkways and city-maintained sidewalks and pathways is also underway. Additional pieces of equipment were mobilized yesterday to address spot drifting impacting mobility. Dedicated work will continue today to address any remaining problem areas throughout the city.

The City has 26 graders, 10 sanders, six plows and five sidewalk plows moving around the city to get Saskatoon moving. 

The snow event response follows the Priority Street system: 

Priority 1 – Freeways and major arterials. This includes Circle Dr. and streets with three+ lanes each way like Idylwyld Dr., 22nd St and College Dr. 

Priority 2 - Arterials with double-lanes and bus routes. Double-lane streets like Clarence Ave, McKercher Dr. and Millar Ave. 

Priority 3 - Collector streets, remaining Business Improvement District streets and school zones. These streets take you through your neighbourhood like Louise Ave, Howell Ave., and Main St. 

Today’s extreme cold will contribute to icy conditions and de-icing products used to improve traction do not work as well in these temperatures. Sanders will continue to apply de-icing materials and will focus on high speed and high traffic streets, bridge decks and intersections as they have the highest potential for serious collisions.  

Drivers, be aware of changing weather that can affect road and sidewalk conditions and adjust your driving for the conditions. Leave extra room and watch for blue and yellow flashing lights on road equipment. Take extra care to watch for pedestrians and cyclists. 

Learn more about winter road maintenance at saskatoon.ca/snow and stay in the snow at saskatoon.ca/snowreport

Adjusted civic services & hours of operation on Family Day, Monday, February 19

February 14, 2024 - 1:15 pm

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The City of Saskatoon will have several adjusted civic services and hours of operation on the Family Day Stat, Monday, February 19, as follows:

CITY HALL

City Hall will be closed on Monday, February 19 and will reopen on Tuesday, February 20 at 8:00 a.m.

ROADWAY DETOURS & CLOSURES

Check here for detailed long weekend road restrictions for priority one roadways.

REMAI MODERN 

Remai Modern will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SASKATOON PUBLIC LIBRARY

All Saskatoon Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, February 19.

SASKATOON TRANSIT

  • Fixed route transit will run holiday service on Monday, February 19 – 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (normal fares apply).
  • OnDemand service will not be available on Monday, February 19.
  • Access Transit will operate holiday service on Monday, February 19 – 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.   
    • Trips must be booked in advance as per normal procedures (8:15 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.). 
    • Customers are reminded that subscriptions do not apply on Statutory Holidays. 
  • Transit Customer Service Centre will be closed for walk-in customers on Monday, February 19, but phone lines (306-975-3100) will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

PAY PARKING

Parking payment is not required on Monday, February 19.

  • Motorists are reminded that all parking requirements remain in effect, including parking time limits.

MUNICIPAL IMPOUND LOT 

  • The Impound Lot will be closed to the public on Monday, February 19.  Vehicles will be released to the public as usual on Tuesday, February 20. Information on Vehicle Seizures

WASTE COLLECTIONS

Garbage, Recycling, and Organics have collections as scheduled.

MATERIAL RECOVERY CENTRE & LANDFILL

  • The Material Recovery Centre and Landfill are open on Monday, February 19 from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Cash transactions are accepted, although Credit and Debit are recommended.
  • More information at saskatoon.ca/mrc.

COMPOST DEPOTS

  • The compost depots are now closed for the season.

WOODLAWN CEMETERY

  • The Cemetery Administration Office is closed on Monday, February 19.
  • Cemetery grounds are open to the public 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily as per usual.

SASKATOON FORESTRY FARM PARK & ZOO

Regular Hours of Operation

  • Zoo – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Forestry Farm Park - 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

LEISURE CENTRES

Search for drop-in program information including fitness and weight room hours, public swim sessions and fitness programs on Leisure Online at saskatoon.ca/leisureonline.

Cosmo Civic Centre – Facility Closed. Family Day Skating Event 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Lakewood Civic Centre – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lawson Civic Centre – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Saskatoon Field House – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Shaw Centre – 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Terry Fox Track - Closed

INDOOR RINKS

Search the public and parent and tot schedules on Leisure Online at saskatoon.ca/leisureonline.

ACT Arena (Public Skating) - 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cosmo Arena (Family Day Skating Event) – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

OUTDOOR RINK

Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval – 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

NOTIFYNOW

Residents are encouraged to sign-up to notifynow for timely and targeted public safety messages. Notifynow is a free service. Tell us how to best reach you on your preferred communication device. Visit saskatoon.ca/notifynow for more information.

YXE SERVICE ALERTS

For information and updates on service disruptions such as power or water check saskatoon.ca/servicealerts or follow @yxeservicealert on Twitter. 

Bus service to Blades vs Rebels

February 27, 2024 - 6:00 am

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Direct bus service from the Special Events Stop (23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to experience the Saskatoon Blades take on the Red Deer Rebels at SaskTel Centre on Tuesday, February 27, at 7 p.m., is available at the following times:

  • 5:45 p.m.
  • 6:25 p.m.

Post-event drop-off is at the downtown terminal and regular fares apply ($3.00 per trip). Fare can be purchased on your mobile phone using either the TGo or transit app, transfers and passes are also accepted. Typically, buses arrive onsite 30 minutes prior to the end of the event.

Plan your trip to events at SaskTel Centre on Route 333 using the Transit app up to two weeks in advance. Check out the Transit+ feature to help make connections that combine Transit with OnDemand Transit, riide, and Uber. Download the Transit app from the Apple Store or Google Play. 

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

Bus service to Ice Cube

February 26, 2024 - 6:00 am

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Direct bus service from the Special Events Stop (23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to see Ice Cube at SaskTel Centre on Monday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m., is available at the following times:    

  • 5:45 p.m. 
  • 6:25 p.m. 

Post-event drop-off is the downtown terminal and regular fares apply ($3.00 per trip). Fare can be purchased on your mobile phone using either the TGo or transit app, transfers and passes are also accepted. Typically, buses arrive onsite 30 minutes prior to the end of the event.

Plan your trip to events at SaskTel Centre on Route 333 using the Transit app up to two weeks in advance. Check out the Transit+ feature to help make connections that combine Transit with OnDemand Transit, riide, and Uber. Download the Transit app from the Apple Store or Google Play.

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