The Project Team would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated in the engagement exercises over the last couple of months, as well as all those who reached out via email and phone. The Team is putting together a report now to communicate to City Council what it heard, with a decision on routing hopefully to be made soon.
The Team will send out an email regarding the date the report will be submitted to Council once it is confirmed and on the Agenda.
Again, thank you for helping us create the bus rapid transit system that will best meet the needs of our growing City. #YourFutureCity #GrowYXE
From November 6 to December 7 the BRT Team held 19 engagement events. 961 people attended and let us know about their preferred routes in the Downtown and the Nutana areas. All comments and feedback gathered will go into the report to Council.
The trend on using transit to get around Saskatoon remains positive, with annual ridership steadily increasing and expected to top one million rides per month in 2019.
“Any increase in ridership is encouraging to see, but 8 per cent is incredible,” says Jim McDonald, Director of Saskatoon Transit. “It shows people are recognizing transit as a viable alternative. However, in order to keep increasing our ridership numbers, we must continue to focus on the customer first.”
In 2017, Saskatoon Transit implemented the first high frequency transit corridors (8th Street and 22nd Street), decreasing the amount of time riders had to wait for the next bus. In 2018, Saskatoon Transit added more high frequency routes and saw more riders using the Transit App to plan their trips. As Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) implementation nears improvements will continue, with a 2019 focus on ensuring bus stops are located in the best places for customer service.
According to McDonald, “The key to our success is overall improved service, a better customer experience and technology that supports both. Changes already made will support a successful BRT system in Saskatoon. The new system, which features a plan for crisscrossing, high-frequency routes, will connect different parts of the City.”
On January 31st the Plan for Growth team will be presenting about, and gathering feedback on, a number of Plan for Growth initiatives including corridor planning, transit villages, the University Endowment lands and more. You are invited to attend from 3 – 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites University (1838 College Drive). Please note BRT is not a part of this engagement directly but does inform many of the other planning aspects involved. Find out more at saskatoon.ca/engage.
Information will be added to the Growth Plan website as it becomes available at saskatoon.ca/growth.
If you have any questions about BRT, or would like to participate in future engagement activities, please contact BRT@saskatoon.ca. If you have any questions about the Plan for Growth in general, please contact the Growth Plan Implementation Team at email@example.com.