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Celebrate Transit Worker Appreciation Day on March 18

March 11, 2024 - 11:00 am

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March 18 is Transit Worker Appreciation Day, an annual day dedicated to recognizing and expressing gratitude for the hard work and dedication of all transit workers who keep Canada's public transit systems operational. Transit Worker Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on

March 18 and extends recognition with a full week of gratitude, until March 24.

Saskatoon Transit is responsible for the safe transportation of tens of thousands of trips every day, through all weather conditions. Regardless of where they work – whether it's on the shop floor, behind the wheel, in transit planning, administration or customer service – together transit workers aim to deliver the best possible public transit experience.

The Saskatoon Transit Management team is proud to celebrate Transit Worker Appreciation Day and invite everyone to take a moment to thank those who play a crucial role in connecting the community.

You can participate by expressing gratitude to transit workers through acts of kindness, such as saying thank you, writing ‘Thank-You’ notes, or sharing positive experiences on social media using the hashtag #ThanksTransit and tagging @stoontransit. If you visit the Downtown Customer Service Centre between March 11-17, you can also leave a quick ‘thank-you’ or heartfelt greeting on the #ThanksTransit Poster.

While Transit Worker Appreciation Day is a designated day to honour transit workers, expressing gratitude and appreciation for their hard work is encouraged year-round. Small gestures of kindness and recognition can go a long way!

For more information, visit saskatoontransit.ca.

Special event bus service to SaskTel Centre this weekend

March 15, 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 Moose Jaw Warriors at SaskTel Centre on Friday, March 15, at 7 p.m., is available at the following times:

  • 5:45 p.m. 
  • 6:25 p.m.

Direct service from the Special Events Stop to see the Saskatchewan Rush take on the New York Riptide on Saturday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m., is available at the following times:

  • 6:15 p.m.  
  • 6:55 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 Blades vs Wheat Kings

March 12, 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 Brandon Wheat Kings at SaskTel Centre on Tuesday, March 12, 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.

Special event bus service to SaskTel Centre this weekend

March 8, 2024 - 6:00 am

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Direct service from the Special Events Stop (23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to see the Saskatoon Blades take on the Medicine Hat Tigers at SaskTel Centre on Friday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m., is available at the following times:

  • 5:45 p.m.  
  • 6:25 p.m. 

Direct service from the Special Events Stop to see the Saskatoon Blades take on the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m., is available at the following times:

  • 5:45 p.m.  
  • 6:25 p.m. 

Direct service from the Special Events Stop to see Journey* on Sunday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m., is available at the following times:

  • 6:15 p.m.  
  • 6:35 p.m. 
  • 6:55 p.m.
  • 7:15 p.m.
  • 7:35 p.m.
  • 7:55 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. Typically, buses arrive onsite 30 minutes prior to the end of the event.

*Sunday's regular bus service from the Downtown Terminal ends at 9:15 p.m. Plan for a safe return trip out of the downtown terminal accordingly.

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 Blake Shelton

March 7, 2024 - 6:00 am

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Direct bus service from the Special Events Stop (23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to see Blake Shelton at SaskTel Centre on Thursday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m., is available at the following times:

  • 5:45 p.m.
  • 6:05 p.m.
  • 6:25 p.m.
  • 6:45 p.m.
  • 7:05 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. 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.

Important service update for Saskatoon Transit today

March 4, 2024 - 1:02 pm

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Despite ongoing operational and weather impacts this morning, Saskatoon Transit is maintaining full service this afternoon with no delays exceeding 15 minutes. However, detours and delays can be expected as operators navigate accessible streets.

Access Transit will continue trips for essential services and medical appointments. Customers are asked to reschedule leisure travel.  

OnDemand service will operate on cleared roadways that are accessible to operators. 

The Transit Customer Service Centre will be open for walk-in customers; however, customers are asked to call the phone lines if their trip to the Customer Service Centre is not essential. Phone lines (306-975-3100) will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Winter Transit Tips:

  • Stay up-to-date on current weather conditions.
  • 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.

Stay informed, check Saskatoon Transit service alerts regarding detours or temporary bus stop closures and view real-time bus locations on third-party apps like Transit and Google Transit on desktop. Pin the routes you use often and receive service alert push notifications.

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 of Saskatoon continues to deploy Emergency Response Plan following severe snowstorm

March 4, 2024 - 8:10 am

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With the City of Saskatoon receiving more than 25 cm of snow accumulation since Saturday morning and streets being impassable for light vehicles, the Roadways team has activated the Emergency Response Plan (ERP). Additionally, the City’s Emergency Operation Centre has been activated and is collaborating with critical infrastructure partners throughout the city. 

Residents remain encouraged to stay home if possible, to leave space for City and contractor crews to do their work and assist emergency services. 

While the snow has mainly stopped, strong gusting winds will create additional challenges causing drifts. Snow crews will continue to address known problem areas as the day progresses. 

The current focus now is to keep all highest Priority Streets open to maintain access to all emergency facilities. Additional contractor resources have been engaged from our emergency response list to support our ongoing efforts. A summary of the work underway includes: 

  • Approximately 40% of Priority 1 Streets have been graded. They are slippery and sander trucks will be spreading sand throughout the day on these streets to increase traction. Some of the snow piles are fairly big, impacting sightlines at intersections, drivers should watch for pedestrians and turning vehicles.  
  • By midnight tonight, Monday, March 4, we expect all Priority 1 Streets to be completed and will immediately proceed with grading on Priority 2 Streets, which are expected all to be graded by noon tomorrow.  
  • After that, we will then start grading Priority 3 Streets and expect to complete them all by midnight on Thursday, March 7.  
  • The plan is to move into residential areas and start clearing local streets during the night shift on Thursday, March 7. 
  • Crews will move into industrial areas after all local streets in residential areas are completed. After that crews will be able to start to address alley access and problematic alleys may be addressed sooner pending available resources.   
  • The need for the last phase of the plan, which involves city-wide snow removal, will be assessed in the coming days considering factors such as weather conditions and the proximity to the end of the winter season. 
  • For a detailed timeline please review the Emergency Response Plan infographic.  

Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to stay informed about snow grading efforts and the list of Priority Streets by visiting saskatoon.ca/snow and following the City’s social media channels. Stay in the know by checking the latest Snow & Ice Report posted to saskatoon.ca/snowreport. A regularly-updated map of which Priority Streets have been completed is available at saskatoon.ca/prioritystreetsmap

Please do not push or blow snow into the street. This creates a greater risk for vehicles to get stuck. Instead, pile the snow on your property, as per Bylaw No. 8463 The Sidewalk Clearing Bylaw, 2005. 

OTHER IMPACTED CITY OPERATIONS: MARCH 4, 2024 

Saskatoon Transit 

  • Operational impacts have resulted in reduced fixed-route service. Detours and delays are expected.  
  • Outlying neighbourhoods, with particularly more impacts of snow accumulation, have limited operator access.   
  • Access Transit will continue trips for essential services and medical appointments. Customers are asked to reschedule leisure travel.  
  • OnDemand service will operate on cleared roadways that are accessible to operators. 
  • The Transit Customer Service Centre will be open for walk-in customers; however customers are asked to call the phone lines if their trip to the Customer Service Centre is not essential. Phone lines (306-975-3100) will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • For updates check the real-time mobile app, transit or visit saskatoontransit.ca/service-alerts.  

Leisure Facilities & Attractions 

  • All Leisure Centres (Cosmo, Lakewood and Lawson Civic Centres, Saskatoon Field House and Shaw Centre) are closed Monday, March 4. 
  • The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo is closed Monday, March 4.  
  • City Indoor Rinks may be open subject to bookings and Saskatoon Minor Hockey. 

Saskatoon Landfill 

  • The landfill is open but snowy and windy conditions exist so please proceed with caution. 

Recycling and Garbage Collections 

  • Curbside cart collections are suspended for Monday, March 4. Collections will be rescheduled once the streets are accessible. Please watch for Service Alerts, updates on your Saskatoon Waste Wizard app or go to saskatoon.ca/collectioncalendar

Parks 

  • Within 48 hours of snowfall, snow clearing occurs on sidewalks adjacent to parks and all lighted parkways and some unlighted pathways. Excludes crusher dust (unpaved) pathways. 

Building Standards 

  • All scheduled building and plumbing inspections will be cancelled. Starting Monday, March 4 at 8 a.m., customers with scheduled inspections will be contacted and arrangements will be made to rebook. 

Visit saskatoon.ca/servicealerts for the latest impacts to City facilities and services. 

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.