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Grab your friends and do your shopping on board the Jingle Bell Express

December 2, 2022 - 11:00 am

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Hit all the malls this holiday season by taking Route 1225 - Jingle Bell Express

This is Saskatoon Transit’s sixth year providing special holiday service to all the malls. The service runs every weekend in December (except on December 25 and 31) and then again with free service on Boxing Day (December 26). Participating malls include Centre, Confederation, Lawson Heights, Market, and Midtown. 

“The Jingle Bell Express removes the hassle of driving and full parking lots while providing riders with access to malls they may not otherwise visit,” says Cory Shrigley, Customer Support and Engagement Manager of Saskatoon Transit.  

The Jingle Bell Express buses are decorated and play holiday music.  

Service 

  • Weekends (Saturday and Sunday)  
    • 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  
    • Regular fares apply  
  • Boxing Day (fare free)  
    • 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

Use the Transit App or Google Maps Transit to plan a trip, or consult the route schedule on Transit’s website or call Transit Customer Service (306.975.3100) for help with trip planning. 

Jingle Bell Express riders who complete a short survey on the website will be in for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards sponsored by the participating malls. 

Get your ‘shop on’ and hop on the Jingle Bell Express!  

Update on City snow crew operations

November 29, 2022 - 7:52 am

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City crews, with contractor assistance, have been working through the night as the storm brought an additional 13 cm of snow. Crews are addressing the snow accumulation and applying de-icing material to bridge decks and the driving lanes of major roads such as Circle Drive, Idylwyld Drive, College Drive, and Attridge Drive.     

What you can expect from us

Crews will continue to prioritize the driving lanes of emergency routes, Circle Drive and other expressways and major arterial roads while the snowfall continues. Today, there are 28 graders, 8 snow plows, and 15 sanders working on Saskatoon’s streets.

Once the snow stops, crews will proceed to address the following routes:

  1. Saskatoon Transit routes as well as double lane streets like Clarence Avenue, McKercher Drive, and Millar Avenue.
  2. Streets in school zones and in Business Improvement Districts, and streets that connect neighbourhoods.
  3. City facility sidewalks, Meewasin Trail, pathways along major routes, and walkways over bridges and overpasses.

How you can help us

  • Drivers should anticipate winter driving conditions and adjust their driving. This includes slowing down and allowing more space between vehicles.
  • Report icy conditions – particularly those at intersections and on/off ramps – to the Customer Care Centre at 306-975-2476 or customercare@saskatoon.ca
  • When you see the blue and amber flashing lights of snow crews, please give them lots of room to do their work.  

Learn about winter road maintenance at saskatoon.ca/snow. Stay in the Snow by checking the latest Snow & Ice Report posted to saskatoon.ca/SnowReport.

Santa Claus Parade to close downtown roads on Sunday

November 25, 2022 - 8:50 am

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The downtown area will have various road closures and lane restrictions in effect on Sunday, November 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the Santa Claus Parade. There will be no access to the parade route between: Spadina Crescent, Avenue A, 19th Street, 3rd Avenue, 20th Street, 4th Avenue, 22nd Street, and 1st Avenue.    
  
Road users are encouraged to allow extra time to reach their downtown destination as there will be parking restrictions, and the area will be busy.   
  
People attending the parade can avoid the traffic and parking by choosing to use Transit. Buses traveling through the city centre will navigate the detours for you. Purchase your pass and plan your bus route anytime, anywhere using the mobile app Transit
 
For more information about current road restrictions and construction, visit saskatoon.ca/construction

Adjusted holiday hours & civic services for Remembrance Day, Friday, November 11

November 10, 2022 - 8:25 am

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The City of Saskatoon will have a number of adjusted civic services and hours of operation on Remembrance Day. Wondering what’s open or closed? See full details on the City’s website.

Major snowstorm for Monday night will extend the weekend snow clean-up

November 7, 2022 - 4:46 pm

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Environment & Climate Change Canada issued a Snowfall Warning alert for Saskatoon forecasting 10-15 centimetres of heavy snow tonight. City and contractor crews are making excellent progress cleaning up the 13-centimetre snowfall that ended Sunday morning; however, many will be reassigned to priority 1 streets, such as Circle Drive and streets with three+ lanes each way like Idylwyld Drive, 22nd Street and College Drive if heavy snow begins accumulating.

Please use caution on bridge decks and ramps, intersections on priority streets, sidewalks and pathways that may be slippery from the layer of ice under the fresh snow. In addition, the falling snow may cause visibility issues this evening and overnight.

City crews are monitoring these high-risk locations and salting and sanding as required, with graders focused on completing priority 2 and 3 streets, if possible. We’re also clearing snow from sidewalks at City facilities, on multi-use pathways and cycle tracks. As snow accumulates on the street, the focus will shift to keeping the driving lanes clear along Circle Drive and the busiest freeway and arterial streets. 

Please watch for blue and amber flashing lights on road maintenance equipment and leave room for them to do their work. 

Transit service may be impacted by accumulated snow; service alerts and real-time bus tracking is available on Google Maps or Transit App.

Learn about winter road maintenance at saskatoon.ca/snow. Stay in the snow with the Snow & Ice Report at saskatoon.ca/snowreport.

Bus service to see the Offspring

November 18, 2022 - 6:00 am

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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 Offspring at  SaskTel Centre  on Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m., is available at the following times:   

  • 6:15 p.m.  
  • 6:55 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.    
 
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 that helps 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.  

Avenue C closed at Circle Drive due to traffic signal outage, Circle Drive turning lanes closed in the area

November 2, 2022 - 10:28 am

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Drivers on Circle Drive should expect continued delays approaching Avenue C while City crews undertake an extensive repair to the electronic system that operates the traffic signals.

Traffic restrictions at the intersection were altered at 10 a.m.:

  • Circle Drive eastbound and westbound centre lanes are moving through the intersection with no signals or stop signs; median lanes and left turn bays are closed to accommodate construction.
  • Avenue C southbound is detoured at Cynthia Street.
  • Avenue C northbound is detoured to Idylwyld Drive; access to local businesses south of Circle Drive is open.
  • The pedestrian crossing at the intersection is closed.

Please follow all signs and detours in place and slow down when passing workers. Avoid the area if you can.

Saskatoon Transit route 11 is affected by these detours. Real-time bus information is available on third-party apps like Transit and Google Maps Transit on desktop.           

Crews are working as quickly as possible to restore the signals; however, it may take several days.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Bus service to Remembrance Day service

November 9, 2022 - 6:00 am

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Courtesy of RBC Royal Bank, Saskatoon Transit will provide complimentary bus transportation for all to and from the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at SaskTel Centre on Friday, November 11.   

Buses will depart as follows: 

  • Downtown Special Events Stop - 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue 
    • Every 20 minutes starting at 9:00 a.m., with the last bus leaving at 10:20 a.m. 
  • Market Mall 
    • 9:45 a.m. from the mall transit terminal 
  • Centre Mall 
    • 9:45 a.m. from the mall transit terminal. 

Return trips will begin immediately following the close of ceremonies. 

Saskatoon Transit will also recognize veterans and current members of the Canadian Forces (including cadets and reservists, along with one companion) with free transit service throughout the system on Remembrance Day. Identify yourself by wearing a military uniform or presenting military ID when boarding.  

Providing free transit to veterans and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces is a way to recognize the tremendous commitment they have made, and continue to make, to the community and country.  

Saskatoon Transit buses will display a “Lest We Forget” message on November 11. 

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.  

Bus service to see Bryan Adams

November 4, 2022 - 6:00 am

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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 Bryan Adams at  SaskTel Centre  on Saturday, November 5 at 8:00 p.m., is available at the following times:   

  • 6:45 p.m.  
  • 7:25 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.    

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 that helps 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 Blades games

November 1, 2022 - 1:55 pm

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Direct bus service from the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to see the Saskatoon Blades play at SaskTel Centre can always be found on the Saskatoon Transit website under Routes and Schedules – Popular Destinations: SaskatoonTransit.ca/plan-my-trip/popular-destinations.  

November Schedule:

Blades vs. Tri-City Americans: Wednesday, November 2, event starts at 7:00 p.m.

  • Bus departure times from the Special Events Stop:  
    • 5:45 p.m. & 6: 25 p.m.  

Blades vs. Silvertips: Friday, November 4, event starts at 7:00 p.m.

  • Bus departure times from the Special Events Stop:  
    • 5:45 p.m. & 6: 25 p.m. 

Blades vs. Oil Kings: Saturday, November 12, event starts at 7:00 p.m.

  • Bus departure times from the Special Events Stop:  
    • 5:45 p.m. & 6: 25 p.m. 

Blades vs. Pats: Sunday, November 13, event starts at 4:00 p.m.

  • Bus departure times from the Special Events Stop  
    • 2:45 p.m. & 3: 25 p.m. 

Blades vs. Tigers: Friday, November 18, event starts at 7:00 p.m.

  • Bus departure times from the Special Events Stop:  
    • 5:45 p.m. & 6: 25 p.m. 

Blades vs. Ice: Friday, November 25, event starts at 7:00 p.m.

  • Bus departure times from the Special Events Stop:  
    • 5:45 p.m. & 6: 25 p.m. 

Blades vs. Ice: Saturday, November 26, event starts at 7:00 p.m.

  • Bus departure times from the Special Events Stop:  
    • 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.     
 
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 that helps make connections that combine Transit with OnDemand Transit, riide, and Uber. Download the Transit app from the Apple Store or Google Play.