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Downtown road restrictions and Transit options for Sunday parade

November 16, 2018 - 4:08pm

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November 16, 2018 - 4:15pm

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Parking and lane restrictions will be in effect in the downtown area on Sunday for the Santa Claus Parade, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will be no access to roads along the parade route within Idylwyld Drive, 23rd Street, 5th Avenue and 19th Street.

Road users are encouraged to allow extra time to reach their downtown destination, and to watch for extra people at crosswalks.

People attending the parade can avoid the traffic and parking stress by choosing Transit to attend the parade. Plan your bus route on your mobile device with the real-time Google Maps or Transit App.

Saskatoon Transit will have minor route changes and posted temporary bus stops in place during the Santa Claus Parade from approximately 12:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Downtown Terminal bus stops will operate as normal except for Route 6, 60 and 65 which will have temporary bus stops located on 3rd Avenue southbound, north of 23rd Street. Route 6 Broadway/City Centre and Route 1 Exhibition/City Centre will service downtown via the University Bridge.

Transit system upgrades may cause real-time information interruptions

November 16, 2018 - 12:09pm

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November 16, 2018 - 12:15pm

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Saskatoon Transit is currently upgrading the onboard Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) in its buses to enhance the delivery of real-time bus information. Riders using mobile and web apps may experience interruptions to real-time bus location information during this upgrade. This will not affect the ability to plan trips as the apps will continue to provide bus schedules and service alerts.

This implementation is expected to be complete in mid-December.  

Saskatoon Transit thanks you for your patience while this important upgrade is completed.

Several months ago the app called Transit began an upgrade to their app which resulted in varying degrees of real-time communication quality. All users can view accurate, real-time data, however users with specific service providers may not see the moving transit bus on the map. This is consistent with both iPhones and Android devises.

Testing confirms that, exclusive of the situation above, the app called Transit is returning real-time data within the industry accepted timeframe of +/- 120 – 180 seconds. This issue has been passed on to the service provider in question for their assistance to resolve.

Extensive connectivity improvements to Transit Network

November 15, 2018 - 1:08pm

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November 15, 2018 - 1:00pm

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The City of Saskatoon continues undertaking improvements to its Transit shelters, bus stops, sidewalks and other related infrastructure.

Funded by the City and the Government of Canada, which invested $5.3 million through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund toward these projects, this work will ultimately help better connect people to this important local transportation network. In Saskatchewan, the federal PTIF program is administered by the provincial government.  

“Getting people where they need to go safely, quickly, and comfortably is essential to creating liveable communities,” says the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. “Our government is proud to support these vital upgrades to Saskatoon’s transit infrastructure. A safer, more inclusive transit system will increase ridership, reduce congestion and improve air quality.”

“Saskatoon can contribute to improving its citizens’ quality of life with projects like these, thanks to the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, which the Government of Saskatchewan administers in the province. Saskatchewan’s eligible municipal partners having access to this federally-funded program helps those communities address their local priorities,” says the Honourable Warren Kaeding Saskatchewan’s Minister of Government Relations.

“Undertaking improvements such as sidewalks, landing pads, ramps and shelters to Transit stops such as the one at Attridge Drive and Rever Road can mean the difference between choosing to use Transit or not,” says Mike Moellenbeck, Saskatoon’s Acting Director of Transit. “As we work towards a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, Transit connectivity becomes even more important. We are looking to the future in terms of the locations that make sense and responding to the needs of the people we serve today.”

Through its recent Bus Stop Blues campaign, Saskatoon Transit received more than 45 submissions on areas that would benefit from improvements. Submissions were categorized into one of three categories: 1) sidewalk/accessibility, 2) new shelter/ repair, or 3) general maintenance. Three quarters of the submissions received were asking for improvements to the Attridge Drive and Rever Road location. A full listing of the planned improvements can be found at SaskatoonTransit.ca/about-us/projects.

As part of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plans, Attridge and Rever has also been selected for one of the BRT stations which will act as a major transfer point for the area. BRT stations are planned to be built at a height of approximately 10 inches, about 4 inches higher than existing curbs throughout the city. As a pilot, the bus stops at Attridge Drive and Rever Road were built to a height of 10 inches. The raised curbs will improve accessibility by offering near level boarding to accommodate wheelchair access without having to deploy the bus ramp allowing for faster passenger loading times. This is in addition to Saskatoon Transit’s objectives to attain a 100 per cent accessible fleet by the end of 2018.  

“When we’re upgrading stops, we look at the connecting sidewalks people use to get to those locations as well,” says David LeBoutillier, Saskatoon’s Acting Engineering Manager for Transportation. “Depending on the pre-existing conditions, we repaired, or replaced, and in some cases added new sidewalk at identified locations.”

On top of this, the City improved 20 per cent more sidewalk panels than originally projected for 2018. Sidewalk ramps – connecting sidewalks to roadways – were also installed at locations around the city. The locations for both panel and ramp repair/installation were identified based on connectivity to Transit. Additional considerations included public input, Neighbourhood Traffic Review recommendations, and prioritization for those locations where there are no sidewalks on either side of the road.

The total investment in these various improvements, including both the Government of Canada’s and City of Saskatoon’s contributions, is more than $10.6 million. 

Special event bus service to 4 Nations Cup – Go Canada Go

November 8, 2018 - 4:52pm

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November 8, 2018 - 4:45pm

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Direct service from the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) for the 4 Nations Cup at SaskTel Centre is available on the following dates and times:

Date          Event Time     Bus Departure

Nov 9        3:00 p.m.         1:45, 2:15, 2:45
Nov 9        7:30 p.m.         6:15, 6:45, 7:15
Nov 10      3:00 p.m.         1:45, 2:15, 2:45
Nov 10      8:00 p.m.         6:45, 7:15, 7:45

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 November can be found at SaskatoonTransit.ca/plan-my-trip/popular-destinations. Experience the convenience of using Saskatoon Transit to attend all your favourite events.

Remembrance Day: Civic Services & Facilities Holiday Hours November 11 & 12

November 8, 2018 - 11:11am

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November 8, 2018 - 11:15am

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The following are the hours for Civic Services and Facilities for Remembrance Day, Sunday, November 11, and Statutory Holiday Monday, November 12.

City Hall will be CLOSED Monday, November 12. Cheques or money order payments may be left in the drop-box located outside the main doors of City Hall.

Pay Parking Stations will not require payment on Monday, November 12. Pay Parking stations do not require payment on Sundays. Motorists are still required to park their vehicles within area time limits posted.

The Municipal Impound Lot will not be releasing vehicles to the public. 

Saskatoon Public Library (all locations) will be CLOSED on Sunday, November 11; open with regular hours of operation on Monday, November 12.

Remai Modern will be OPEN November 11 and 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Saskatoon Landfill will be OPEN with regular winter hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on November 11 and 12.​ 

Garbage and Recycling collection will take place as scheduled on November 12.

East and West Compost Depots are now CLOSED for the season as of Saturday, November 10.

The Saskatoon Civic Conservatory is CLOSED for renovations.

TRANSIT SERVICES

Thanks to RBC Royal Bank, Saskatoon Transit and Access Transit will provide complimentary bus transportation to and from the Remembrance Day Ceremonies at SaskTel Centre. For departure times: https://transit.saskatoon.ca/plan-my-trip/popular-destinations.

Saskatoon Transit will operate with regular weekend service on Sunday, November 11 and regular service on Monday, November 12.

Access Transit will operate with weekend service on Sunday, November 11 and holiday service on Monday, November 12. Trips must be booked in advance as per normal procedures. Customers are reminded that subscriptions do not apply on Statutory Holidays.

Transit Customer Service Center will be CLOSED for walk-in customers on Sunday, November 11 but phone lines will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Transit Customer Service Center will be open regular hours on Monday, November 12.

RECREATION & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo
Regular Hours of Operation (Zoo: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & Park: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Admission now by donation for the winter season.

Indoor Arenas: ACT, Archibald, Cosmo, Gordie Howe Kinsmen & Lions
Ice rental begins at 12:00 p.m. on November 11.
Regular hours of operation for Public Skating and Parent & Tot skating on November 11 and 12

LEISURE CENTRES:

Cosmo Civic Centre
CLOSED November 11.  Regular hours of operation on November 12.

Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre
November 11 open 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
All fitness classes CANCELLED
Regular hours of operation on November 12.

Lakewood Civic Centre
November 11 open 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
All fitness classes and child minding CANCELLED
Regular hours of operation on November 12.

Lawson Civic Centre
November 11 open 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
All fitness classes CANCELLED
Regular hours of operation on November 12.

Saskatoon Field House
CLOSED November 11 for a planned power outage.
Regular hours of operation on November 12.

Shaw Centre 
November 11 open 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
All fitness classes and child minding CANCELLED
Regular hours of operation on November 12.

Terry Fox Track (in the SaskTel Sports Centre)
CLOSED November 11 and November 12.

For modified Lane, Public and Parent & Tot Swim times, please visit Drop-in Online at saskatoon.ca/dropinonline

For more information on operating hours and programs, please contact the Leisure Centres or facilities.

Visit saskatoon.ca for more information.

Temporary Bus Stop locations on Attridge and Rever while improvements are made

October 16, 2018 - 12:22pm

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October 16, 2018 - 12:15pm

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Starting tomorrow, October 16 (subject to weather), the bus stops at Attridge and Rever will be relocated (map) for approximately 4 days to allow for extensive connectivity improvements including:

  • Sidewalks
  • Concrete shelter landing pads
  • Pedestrian ramps
  • Wayfinding information
  • Shelter installation

Sidewalk and traffic restrictions will be in place around this construction zone for the duration of the project.

This necessary work will cause transit riders to use an alternate bus stop during the project. Signage will be in place directing transit riders to the temporary bus stop location.  People are encouraged to consult the app called Transit for details.

This project will impact Transit routes: 4, 27, 43, 44, and 45. 

Daily detour updates can be found at SaskatoonTransit.ca/service-alerts, by following @StoonTransit on Twitter and on the app called Transit.

Special event bus service to Nitro Circus

October 5, 2018 - 8:44am

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October 5, 2018 - 8:45am

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Direct service from the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to see Nitro Circus at SaskTel Centre on Friday October 5, 2018 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 October can be found at SaskatoonTransit.ca/plan-my-trip/popular-destinations. Experience the convenience of using Saskatoon Transit to attend all your favourite events.

New Transit shelter bridges past & future through Métis art

September 26, 2018 - 12:58pm

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September 26, 2018 - 1:00pm

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As part of the City’s commitment to reconciliation, a transit shelter was designed in collaboration with students from Aden Bowman Collegiate and Saskatoon Metis Elder, Senator Nora Cummings to be installed in front of the school.

“This new transit shelter is a wonderful addition to our community and our transit system,” says Mayor Clark. “The inspiring artwork can be enjoyed by everyone, including the neighbouring community and transit riders alike.”  

Saskatoon Transit’s Bus Shelter Art Project complies with Call to Action #79, calling 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 beautiful bus shelter is just one example of what we hope will be many collaborations with the youth in our community,” says Jim McDonald, Director of Saskatoon Transit. “This project serves not only as a bus shelter in a location where there otherwise wouldn’t have been one, but also celebrates the rich cultural history of the area.”  

The artwork was inspired by Métis history, heritage, values and the memories of Senator Elder Nora Cummings and was laser cut by Metal Shapes Manufacturing.

“It's exciting for us as Métis to have the historic value and contributions of the Road Allowance Métis people acknowledged by the youth of Aden Bowman,” Cummings says. “This area was once a community garden of the Métis and this shelter is a beautiful representation of what once stood on this place.”

“It was an honour for the art students of Aden Bowman and for me to meet with Métis Elder Nora Cummings and learn about the Métis history in this area,” says Tamara Rusnak, Art teacher at Aden Bowman.

Saskatoon Transit completed the first engagement session with Elder Cummings and 19 students at Aden Bowman on May 8, 2018. Elder Cummings spoke specifically to the landscape and the people of the area where Aden Bowman is situated and shared pictures of what the area looked like when she was a young girl.

The students were asked to create original, timeless and commemorative art that celebrates the Métis heritage, history, values and memories of Elder Cummings. They created the art for the bus shelter using inspiration from the engagement session, keeping in mind the functionality and design of the shelter. 

Special event bus service to the Blades Home Opener

September 21, 2018 - 11:24am

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September 21, 2018 - 11:30am

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Direct service from the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to see the Blades back in action at SaskTel Centre on Saturday, September 22, is available at the following times:

  • 4:45 p.m.
  • 5:15 p.m.
  • 5:45 p.m.
  • 6:15 p.m.
  • 6:45 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 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 Keith Urban

September 21, 2018 - 8:54am

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September 21, 2018 - 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 Keith Urban at SaskTel Centre on Friday, September 21, 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 September can be found at SaskatoonTransit.ca/plan-my-trip/popular-destinations. Experience the convenience of using Saskatoon Transit to attend all your favourite events.

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