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Saskatoon Transit art contest winners announced

June 25, 2018 - 1:20pm

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June 25, 2018 - 1:15pm

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Saskatoon Transit has chosen the winners of its first Student Art Contest. The contest was open to all grade 3 and 7 students in Saskatoon.

“In an effort to create a greater sense of community we decided to host a Student Art contest, where the winner’s artwork would be displayed on our buses throughout the summer,” said Jim McDonald, Director, Saskatoon Transit. “Working with both school boards, we decided grades 3 and 7 would be most appropriate based on the theme of Active Transportation.” 

Grade 7 students, Nimarta, Nicoletta, and Zehua from Sylvia Fedoruk School and Mrs. Liebrecht’s grade 3 class from College Park School are this year’s best of show winners. The winning pieces were chosen by a member of Paved Arts based on how well they reflected the “Active Transportation” theme.  These pieces were selected from 130 entries from 19 schools.

“The opportunity to share art with the community reinforces to children and youth the joy art brings to others,” said Lisa Fleming, Superintendent of Education for Saskatoon Public Schools. “Art creates a sense of belonging and appreciation for creative expression. Thank you to Saskatoon Transit for inviting our children to share their gifts with the greater community.”

The winning artwork will be displayed on the side of Saskatoon Transit buses travelling across Saskatoon for the months of July and August and will receive $375 from our prize sponsors, UFCW 248P & UFCW 649, My Private Wealth, and Galon Insurance.

“Both students and teachers had fun with this initiative,” said Scott Gay, Superintendent of Learning, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. “Anytime our partnerships can provide tools to teach students in a new and unique way, it helps keep the classroom environment interesting for students. And learning more about active ways to get around in our communities is positive from the perspectives of sustainability and health and wellness. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

“We hope to turn this contest into a tradition that helps promote the use of public transportation,” says Jim McDonald, Director of Saskatoon Transit. 

Pride Parade road restrictions; Transit route changes

June 22, 2018 - 12:14pm

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June 22, 2018 - 12:15pm

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Saskatoon’s annual Pride Parade will begin winding through downtown at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 23rd. Parking and road restrictions will be in place along the entire parade route starting at 11:00 a.m.

From Kiwanis Park, the parade will move from Spadina Crescent, west on 24th Street, south on 4th Avenue, west on 22nd Street, south on 1st Avenue, and east on 20th Street before ending at 3rd Avenue South and 19th Street.

Saskatoon Transit will have minor route changes and temporary bus stops in place during the Pride 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.

For specific bus stop closure information and up-to-date details check the Transit App. Customer Service is also available at 306-975-3100.

The City of Saskatoon proudly supports Pride Month and the annual Pride Festival celebrating diversity and raising awareness.

Public transit to game 3 of the RUSH vs. Knighthawks

June 8, 2018 - 9:07am

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June 8, 2018 - 9:00am

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Information on public transportation to the SaskTel Centre for public events can be found on the Saskatoon Transit website, under Plan my Trip and Popular Destinations!

For game 3 of the 2018 NLL FINALS on Saturday June 9th, buses will leave the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to SaskTel Centre at the following times for the pre-game rally at 4:30 p.m. and ball-drop at 7:30 p.m.:

  • 4:40 p.m.
  • 5:05 p.m.
  • 5:20 p.m.
  • 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 at the downtown terminal.

Saskatoon Transit provides transportation to all public events at SaskTel Centre. Regular fares apply ($3.00 per trip), transfers and passes are also accepted.

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Pilot Bus Route to Improve Access to Medical & Health Facilities

June 1, 2018 - 10:52am

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June 1, 2018 - 10:45am

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Saskatoon Transit is piloting a new bus route that will improve access to many medical and health facilities throughout the city. Route 808 pilot will run on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. starting June 1, 2018.

“Saskatoon Transit, along with the Saskatoon Council on Aging and the Saskatoon Health Authority, recognized a gap in our current network,” says Jim McDonald, Director of Saskatoon Transit. “Access to some medical and health facilities on our existing routes sometimes requires our riders to walk long distances. We are running Route 808 as an attempt to make those buildings more accessible.”   

Route 808 will service the following facilities every 45 minutes:

  • City Hall
  • Saskatoon Housing Authority
  • RUH / Cancer Centre
  • Field House (front door)
  • Luther Tower
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • City Hospital
  • Medical Arts Building

Route 808 will provide Access Transit customers with an alternative transportation option to attend medical appointments.

If the pilot route is determined successful based on customer feedback, it may become permanent. Customers will be able to use the Transit mobile app to plan their trip and view the route map and times at SaskatoonTransit.ca/route-and-schedules

Bus service to The Kevin Hart – Irresponsible Tour Show

June 1, 2018 - 8:28am

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June 1, 2018 - 8:30am

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Direct service from the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to SaskTel Centre tomorrow night, June 2, 2018 at the following times:

  • 5:45 p.m.
  • 6:15 p.m.
  • 6:45 p.m.

Post event drop-off is at the downtown terminal.

Regular fares apply ($3.00 per trip), transfers and passes are also accepted. For more information please visit the Saskatoon Transit website.

Experience the convenience of using Transit to attend all your favourite events.

Last chance! Student Art submissions accepted until May 31

May 30, 2018 - 3:19pm

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May 30, 2018 - 3:15pm

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Saskatoon Transit’s first Student Art Contest closes Thursday, May 31. Grade three and seven students must submit artwork representing Active Transportation to their teachers by the end of the school day, and teachers must email submissions to Saskatoon Transit at transit.services@Saskatoon.ca by 5:00 p.m. 

One winner from each grade will be chosen 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 mode of Active Transportation which includes other options like cycling, walking, car sharing, taxis, and car-pooling. Watch for the winners and art to be revealed at the end of June. 

Bus service to Stars on Ice, Shania Twain and the Rush

May 11, 2018 - 10:29am

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May 11, 2018 - 10:30am

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Saskatoon Transit bus departure times to special events at SaskTel Centre are based on event start times. Buses leave from the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) and post-event drop off is the downtown terminal.

Direct service to SaskTel Centre for Stars on Ice (May 11, 2018):

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

Direct service to SaskTel Centre for Shania Twain (May 12, 2018):

  • 5:45 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m.
  • 6:25 p.m.
  • 6:40 p.m.

Direct service to SaskTel Centre for Saskatchewan Rush (May 13, 2018):

  • 3:15 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m.
  • 3:55 p.m.
  • 4:10 p.m.
  • 4:35 p.m.
  • 4:50 p.m.

Regular fares apply ($3.00 per trip), transfers and passes are also accepted. For more information please visit the Saskatoon Transit website.

Experience the convenience of using Transit to attend all your favourite events.

Public transit schedule to the RUSH game against the Roughnecks

April 27, 2018 - 11:22am

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April 27, 2018 - 11:15am

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Information on public transportation to the SaskTel Centre for public events can be found on the Saskatoon Transit website, under Plan my Trip and Popular Destinations! Buses leave from the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to SaskTel Centre.

The schedule for Rush games is as follows:

Game start times

Bus departure times

2:00 p.m.

12:45 p.m., 1:15 p.m. & 1:45 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

2:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m. & 3:45 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

5:45 p.m., 6:15 p.m. & 6:45 p.m.

7:30 p.m.
(April 28 game starts at 7:30)

5:45 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 6:20 p.m.,
 6:35 p.m., 6:55 p.m. & 7:10 p.m.

Post event drop-off is at the downtown terminal.

Saskatoon Transit provides transportation to all public events at SaskTel Centre. Regular fares apply ($3.00 per trip), transfers and passes are also accepted. For more information please visit the Saskatoon Transit website.

Experience the convenience of using Transit to attend all the games, all season long.

Bus service to Country Thunder Tribute Concert

April 27, 2018 - 9:23am

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April 27, 2018 - 9:15am

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Saskatoon Transit buses travelling to special events at SaskTel Centre are scheduled to match event start and end times. Tonight’s direct service to the Humboldt Broncos Tribute Concert will travel from the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to SaskTel Centre at the following times:

  • 5:15 p.m.
  • 5:30 p.m.
  • 5:55 p.m.
  • 6:10 p.m.
  • 6:35 p.m.
  • 6:50 p.m.

Post event drop-off is at the downtown terminal.

Regular fares apply ($3.00 per trip), transfers and passes are also accepted. For more information please visit the Saskatoon Transit website.

Experience the convenience of using Transit to attend all your favourite events.

New high frequency Transit routes for Preston Avenue and Attridge Drive

April 16, 2018 - 10:58am

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April 16, 2018 - 11:00am

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In an effort to move to a model based on higher frequency, Saskatoon Transit is pleased to announce service changes to better meet the needs of citizens. Saskatoon Transit will continue to offer high frequency service along main corridors with the addition of ten minute frequency along Preston Avenue and Attridge Drive up to Nelson Road/Lowe Road.

“It is encouraging to see increased ridership levels in the 2017 Saskatoon Transit Annual Report,” says Jim McDonald, Director of Saskatoon Transit. “With the service changes we are making to improve the frequency, people are recognizing transit as a viable option. Connecting the northeast corner of the city with higher frequency is another step towards bus rapid transit (BRT).”

The more frequent service will apply throughout weekdays with thirty minute frequency during evenings, weekends and statutory holidays. These service changes will take effect on July 1, 2018. It is anticipated these improvements will have a major impact on the way residents in this area use Saskatoon Transit.

The goals of these service improvements are to provide more convenient and quicker daily commutes, drastically reduce wait times, improve reliability and reduce travel time.

“We continue to make transit a convenient option for Saskatoon residents,” says McDonald. “High frequency service to more areas of the city will provide superior service along high demand corridors.” 

All of the new and altered routes can be viewed at SaskatoonTransit.ca. A public engagement session will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at The Alice Turner Library. New routes will be on display and attendees will have the opportunity to hear about future transit service and ask any questions they may have.  

“This is the public’s chance to provide feedback on how the new routes will affect their commute”, says McDonald. “We hope residents and our current rider base will come out and let us know what they think.”

A short survey is also available at SaskatoonTransit.ca asking residents how the service changes affect them.   

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