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Connections to Saskatoon Transit made easy - Transit+ lets users combine modes to get there faster

August 29, 2019 - 10:40am

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August 29, 2019 - 10:45am

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Transit, Saskatoon Transit’s endorsed mobile app, announces today a major update to its multimodal trip planner. With Transit+ riders can now make first-and last-mile connections to buses with personal bikes, Uber ridehail, or riide taxis, making it easier than ever for riders to get aboard public transportation.  

“Every month, tens of thousands of users in Saskatoon rely on the app called Transit to plan their trips,” says Jim McDonald, Director of Saskatoon Transit. “As soon as Transit+ was unveiled, we immediately were interested in bringing this multimodal trip planner to our riders, expanding the reach of Saskatoon Transit service beyond the bus stop.”  

Initially launched in other markets last November, Transit+ is a first-of-a-kind feature that helps transit riders reach transit service that’s not within walking distance. By suggesting trips that combine transit with options like bikes, taxis, and ridehail, Transit+ does the work that used to require juggling multiple apps and schedules.  

A recent update to the multimodal trip planner added personal bikes to the mix. Since bikes were added to Transit+ on July 18, Saskatoon Transit riders have selected hundreds of trips that include taking a bike to or from the bus.  

The multimodal trip planner will now show options that suggest using riide to take a taxi to the nearest bus service, while showing a real-time ETA for their riide to arrive. Users will be able to plan, book and pay for a riide trip in just a few taps while getting real-time updates on their bus connection.  

“Our mission and vision,” says Carlo Triolo, General Manager of riide “is to be a part of a transportation ecosystem, connecting people & communities through better transportation. Collaborating with other transportation providers on projects such as Transit+ is an integral part of creating Mobility as a Service (MaaS) here in Saskatoon. Passengers want convenience & ease of use and they want to be able to combine their options while minimizing costs and wait times. We are very excited to be a part of this launch.” 

“Our mission at Transit is to make it easy to get from A to B without your own car,” says David Block-Schachter, Chief Business Officer at Transit. “By connecting bikes, ridehail, and taxis to public transportation, we’re promoting them as vital first- and last-mile links to reduce congestion and help more riders access transit.”  

The mobile appTransit is available to download for iPhone and Android at transitapp.com. 

About Saskatoon Transit:  
Saskatoon Transit is a division within the City of Saskatoon’s Transportation & Construction Department delivering nearly a million rides each month. With 40 routes and nearly 1500 stops, Saskatoon Transit serves all corners of the City providing eco-friendly and safe alternative transportation for residents. SaskatoonTransit.ca  

About riide:   
riide exists to give people the freedom of mobility on a platform that quickly and effortlessly connects those in need of a riide with drivers. riide was formed on the premise that everyone who needs transportation, no matter who they are, where they live or how they choose to pay, should have access to a safe and reliable riide, ensuring open transportation for all. Our mission is the connect people and communities through better transportation. Working with Transit and Saskatoon Transit to connect “first mile / last mile” as well as MaaS plays a big part in what we do.  

About Transit: 
Transit solves the urban commute in more than 200 cities worldwide. Users can easily navigate public transit with accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, and step-by-step navigation. The app also integrates other transport modes — bikesharing, carsharing and ridehail — so users can determine the best way to get from A to B. The company is based in Montréal, QC. You can learn more by visiting transitapp.com. 

Do you have the Bus Stop Blues? Residents are asked for input on improvements

August 27, 2019 - 9:35am

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August 27, 2019 - 9:30am

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Saskatoon Transit is asking residents to nominate bus stops for improvements or replacement.  

“Connectivity is the driving force of Saskatoon Transit; whether it’s getting our riders where they need to go or gaining insight for new advancements,” says Jim McDonald, Director of Saskatoon Transit. “We have been focusing on improving the Transit customer experience and bus stops and shelters play a big part in that.  

The Bus Stop Blues campaign is in its third year and kicks-off today, August 27, on Saskatoon Transit Twitter, City of Saskatoon Twitter and the City of Saskatoon’s Facebook page. Over the next four weeks, using the hashtag #BusStopBluesYXESaskatoon Transit is asking residents to post a photo, location and reason why they would like to see improvements.  

Over the past two years 42 bus stops have seen improvements, many of which came from Bus Stop Blues submissions. 

We want people to know we are listening and reacting to their feedback,” says McDonaldThis is an opportunity for the public to help shape the future of Saskatoon Transit in our city.”  

Following the campaign, bus shelters and stops will be classified to see what improvements can be made this year and what improvements may have to wait until the spring. 

This year, Saskatoon Transit has budget to improve approximately 23 bus stops throughout the City of Saskatoon. 

Use your Folkfest Passport to ride FREE

August 14, 2019 - 9:11am

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August 14, 2019 - 9:00am

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Saskatoon Transit is once again offering free system-wide transit service during Folkfest operating hours for all 2019 Folkfest Passport holders. This quick and easy service is offered to passengers who show their Folkfest Passport when boarding during the following hours:  

  • Thursday, August 15:          3:50 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. 
  • Friday, August 16:               3:50 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. 
  • Saturday, August 17:           2:15 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. 

All route maps specific to Folkfest service with stop locations can be found on SaskatoonTransit.ca. 

Service schedule:  

Routes 150 and 151 will run every 15 minutes; 

Route 152 (load and go shuttle service); 

Route 153 (load and go shuttle service). 

Plan your trip and find transit route information, service alerts, and real-time bus locations on the mobile app called Transit, or call 306-975-3100

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day: Sunday, August 11 at the Civic Operations Centre

August 8, 2019 - 2:10pm

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August 8, 2019 - 9:00am

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The City of Saskatoon and GFL Environmental Inc. are hosting the next HHW Drop-off Day this Sunday, August 11 from 9am - 3:30pm at the Civic Operations Centre at 57 Valley Road.

Residents are invited to drop off their Household Hazardous Waste materials for recycling and safe disposal. Common HHW includes aerosols, automotive fluids, batteries, cleaners, cylinders, light bulbs, medications, yard chemicals, and more. These and many other types of hazardous materials should not be put in the garbage or recycling containers, dumped on the ground or poured down the drain as they pose significant health and environmental risks and can cause injury to workers or damage to equipment.

Event Details

  • Location: Civic Operations Centre (57 Valley Road) 
    • The drop-off site is in the parking lot. Directional signs will be set up and attendants will be on site to guide you.
    • HHW material will no longer be accepted at the previous location at SaskTel Centre.
  • Dates: August 11, September 8, October 6, November 3
  • Time: 9am - 3:30pm (Gates close at 3:30pm, so please arrive before 3pm to avoid the rush.)
  • The program is open to Saskatoon residents only – no commercial loads will be accepted. For disposal/recycling of hazardous wastes from non-residential sources, please contact GFL Environmental Inc. at 306-244-9500.

Ask the Wizard! To avoid potentially long line-ups and wait times, residents are also encouraged to use the Waste Wizard tool to search their items and find the most convenient disposal information.

For a list of accepted items, future drop-off dates, and more information on HHW, please visit saskatoon.ca/hazardouswaste

Reminder! - Road & parking restrictions during Saskatoon EX Parade

August 6, 2019 - 8:51am

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August 6, 2019 - 8:45am

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The Saskatoon EX Parade takes place today, Tuesday, August 6, 2019. Road and parking restrictions will be in place on the downtown parade route from 10:00 a.m. until the parade concludes (approximately noon).

Spadina Crescent East from 24th Street East to Warburton Street will be the parade staging area and will be closed from 6:00 a.m. until approximately 12:00 (noon) p.m. This closure will include Queen Street east of 7th Avenue North.

The parade will follow the traditional route:

  • Begins at 24th Street East and Spadina Crescent East
  • West on 24th Street East to 4th Avenue North
  • South on 4th Avenue North to 20th Street East
  • East on 20th Street East to Spadina Crescent East
  • North on Spadina Crescent East to 24th Street East

The parade will impact some Transit routes and bus stops on the following routes: Route 808, 4 City Centre and 5 City Centre. Transit service alerts, regarding detours or temporary bus stop closures, and real-time bus locations are available on the app called Transit or Google Transit on desktop.

Please respect detours, signs and barriers before and during the parade.

Special event bus service to the Rob Zombie concert at SaskTel Centre

August 6, 2019 - 8:22am

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August 6, 2019 - 8:15am

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Direct service from the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to see Rob Zombie at SaskTel Centre tonight, Tuesday, August 6 is available at the following times: 

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

Post event drop-off is the downtown terminal and regular fares apply ($3.00 per trip). Transfers and passes are also accepted.  
 
DID YOU KNOW – you can now plan your trip to events at SaskTel Centre on Route 333 on the mobile app called Transit up to two weeks in advance! Download the Transit app today from the Apple Store or Google Play. 

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

FREE Transit service to and from the Saskatoon EX

August 2, 2019 - 8:29am

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August 2, 2019 - 8:30am

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Saskatoon Transit has partnered with the Saskatoon EX to offer free Transit service to Superpass holders during the week of the Exhibition, August 6-11, 2019. Superpass holders can ride free every day on regular Transit routes to and from the exhibition grounds by showing their Superpass when boarding a Saskatoon Transit bus. Children 10 & under ride FREE all-day Wednesday and older adults (60+) ride FREE all-day Thursday on regular bus routes.

Some easy ways to get to the EX on Saskatoon Transit:

Route

Name

Location

Route 1

Exhibition/City Centre

Downtown Terminal to Prairieland Park

Route 4

City Centre

University to Downtown Terminal
(transfer to Route 1 or 19)

Route 8

8th Street/City Centre

Centre Mall to Broadway Avenue & 8th Street
(transfer to Route 1 or 19)

Route 19

Centre Mall/City Centre

Downtown Terminal to Lorne Avenue & Ruth Street

 

Or Centre Mall/City Centre

Centre Mall to Lorne Avenue & Ruth Street

Route 60

Confederation/University

Confederation Mall to Downtown Terminal
(transfer to Route 1 or 19)

Route 65

Kensington/University

Confederation Mall to Downtown Terminal
(transfer to Route 1 or 19)

 

Service on Sunday night will be extended with three special service routes from the Exhibition loop on the west side of Lorne Avenue, just south of Ruth Street.

Bus #1 – to Downtown and Lawson Mall departing at 9:30 p.m., 10:15 p.m., 11:00 p.m. and 11:45 p.m.

Bus #2 – to Market Mall, Centre Mall and University Heights departing at 9:45 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 11:15 p.m.

Bus #3 – to Confederation and Downtown departing at 9:15 p.m., 10:00 p.m., 10:45 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Saskatoon Transit will continue to operate as scheduled during the Saskatoon EX. Residents are encouraged to use the app called Transit on their mobile device and Google Transit on desktop to plan their trip to the Saskatoon EX and for Transit service alerts, real-time bus locations and arrivals.

Questions can be addressed to Transit Customer Service at 306-975-3100.

Special event bus service to the Def Leppard concert at SaskTel Centre

July 26, 2019 - 8:08am

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July 26, 2019 - 6:00am

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Direct service from the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to see Def Leppard at SaskTel Centre on Saturday, July 27 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. 

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

Special event bus service to the Bryan Adams concert at SaskTel Centre

July 9, 2019 - 10:25am

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July 9, 2019 - 10:30am

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Direct service from the Special Events Stop (outside the 2nd Avenue Lofts at 23rd Street and 2nd Avenue) to see Bryan Adams at SaskTel Centre on Wednesday, July 10 is available at the following times: 

  • 6:45 p.m. 
  • 7:15 p.m. 
  • 7:45 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 in July can be found at SaskatoonTransit.ca/plan-my-trip/popular-destinationsExperience the convenience of using Saskatoon Transit to attend all your favourite events. 

Transit Service & Canada Day Celebrations at Diefenbaker Park

June 28, 2019 - 8:27am

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June 28, 2019 - 8:30am

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Travel on Saskatoon Transit to and from the Canada Day celebrations at Diefenbaker Park on Monday, July 1, 2019. Routes 1 and 19 will be running in the vicinity of Diefenbaker Park on their regular Holiday Service until 9:00 p.m. Normal fares will apply. 

Fifteen minutes after the firework show ends, you can catch a free ride home with Saskatoon Transit. Four special routes will leave Diefenbaker Park from a temporary stop on the east side of St. Henry Avenue, between Exhibition Grounds Road and Ruth Street. Buses will follow a designated route, however, drivers will stop on request at bus stops or locations where it’s safe to stop. 

The four special service routes include: 

Bus #1 – will travel to the Downtown Terminal, then continue on 2nd Avenue and Warman Road and will end at the Lawson Heights Mall Terminal 

Bus #2 – will travel to the Downtown Terminal, then continue on 22nd Street and will end at the Confederation Mall Terminal 

Bus #3 – will travel via Ruth Street to the Market Mall Terminal, then continue on Taylor Street and Acadia Drive and will end at the Centre Mall Terminal 

Bus #4 – will travel via 8th Street to the Centre Mall Terminal, then continue on to Central Avenue and 115th Street and will end at the bus stop at Berini Drive and 115th Street 

Access Transit will extend its service hours until midnight on Canada Day so that customers can take in the firework show at Diefenbaker Park. Trips must be booked in advance as per normal booking procedures. Access Transit customers are reminded that subscriptions do not apply on statutory holidays. 

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