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The Transit Plan is multifaceted, with the cornerstone being the development of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to move the citizens of Saskatoon efficiently and reliably. A BRT system is designed to improve capacity and reliability compared to conventional bus systems. It allows for more people to move more efficiently through optimized routes and dedicated travel while retaining the low-cost and flexibility of buses. BRT will help Saskatoon Transit accommodate the city’s expected growth while making transit a more attractive option for all.
You can learn more about Bus Rapid Transit here.
Bus Rapid Transit is a new type of transit service for Saskatoon that will help connect you from where you are to where you want to be. It forms the backbone of a transit system built around frequent, direct transit links.
Connecting Confederation, University Heights and 8th Street East to the University of Saskatchewan and Downtown, the Red Line will form the major east-west linkage of the new Bus Rapid Transit system. Connecting Lawson Heights and Preston Avenue South to Downtown and Broadway Avenue, the Blue Line of the Bus Rapid Transit system will quickly move you north and south.
Saskatoon needs a variety of transportation options in order to meet the needs of a city of 500,000. The Transit Plan charts a course to get Saskatoon's transit system ready for this growth by making transit an attractive option for current and future residents. The plan includes the introduction of a Bus Rapid Transit system, and identifies changes needed to the current system to support high-frequency, direct service along the city's major corridors. In turn, this will support transit-oriented development that will make efficient use of existing infrastructure.
Current Engagement Opportunities
Past Engagement Initiatives
CONSULTATION SUMMARY: FALL 2017
Thank you to everyone that participated in all of our engagement events in Fall 2017! In the workshops and at the public open house we have heard that our City is passionate about change, and that people want to talk about how a new Transit System supported by Bus Rapid Transit will help us achieve our Plan for Growth. The City's technical expert has presented a strong path forward, but this is just the start. As a city we have lots of great conversations ahead of us - we have to do this together as a community." Lesley Anderson, Director of Planning & Development
COME AND GO ENGAGEMENTS - November 4 - December 7 2018
Between November 4 and December 7 2018 the City of Saskatoon held 19 Come and Go Engagement Sessions regarding the routing of the Bus Rapid Transit system. Sessions were held across the city and at various times of the day. The results of the engagement will be compiled over the month of December 2018.
ONLINE SURVEY - December 2017
In December 2017, the City of Saskatoon invited the city to participate in an online survey to help build our functional plan for the future Transit System. This survey was advertised widely, and was also sent to the Citizen Advisory Panel, and Plan for Growth Newsletter Subscribers. Participants were asked to weigh in on the benefits and impacts of each component of the BRT Preferred Configuration, they were also asked to help us understand how we can best re-configure our existing transit services moving forward. The answers provided in this survey helped the City of Saskatoon plan important transit network improvements as part of the Transit System Plan.
STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP - December 5, 2017
On December 5, the City of Saskatoon invited specific stakeholders to workshops designed to provide input that was reviewed and considered as a key component of the development of the Transit Plan.
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE / COME & GO EVENT - December 6, 2017
On December 6, the City of Saskatoon launched the first round of conversations with the community regarding the Transit Plan project. The Come & Go Event provided opportunity for us to share information on the Bus Rapid Transit Preferred Configuration and how these features are tailored specifically for Saskatoon. Information was also shared on the transit network principles and how the Bus Rapid Transit system will re-shape the Saskatoon Transit network. Participants were provided with an opportunity to help the City understand how these changes may affect them.
STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOPS - February 7-8, 2018
The City of Saskatoon invited specific stakeholders to be involved in a second round of workshops to continue the conversation around what it will take to build a Transit System that will work for Saskatoon.
What We Presented
Proposed Functional Plan, Station Designs, Park and Ride Strategy, and Route Reconfiguration Options for the existing Saskatoon Transit network.
What We Asked From You
In December, you helped us understand your thoughts and concerns about our initial Preferred Configuration. You told us what you need in Saskatoon’s Future Transit System – now we want to invite you to come and see how we have incorporated what you told us into our Functional Plan. We’d like to ask you if we missed anything.
Why Your Participation Mattered
We want to build a future transit system that works for our city, and we want to do it in smart and sustainable ways. You understand our city. You are a big part of our plan. Your participation and ideas were needed to gain an understanding on how to successfully implement these initiatives.
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE / COME & GO EVENT - February 7, 2018
On February 7, the City of Saskatoon held an engagement opportunity to continue the conversation with the community regarding the City's re-envisioned transit system based around Bus Rapid Transit. Participants were invited to provide feedback on the proposed functional plan, station designs, park and ride strategy, and reconfiguration options for the Saskatoon Transit network.
ONLINE SURVEYS - February 2018
In February 2018, the City of Saskatoon invited the city to participate in three online surveys to help build our functional plan for the future Transit System. The surveys provided stakeholders and residents an opportunity to weigh in on the City's proposed functional plan for a Bus Rapid Transit system. Participants were asked to share their preferences on proposed routes and exclusive runningways, their opinions on the proposed areas chosen including preferred platform locations and shelter designs, and their feedback on the proposed Transit Network Reconfiguration Plan routes.
PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE / COME & GROW EVENT - March 7 2018
On March 7, 2018 the City of Saskatoon brought together a wide range of the Plan for Growth projects to provide a significant opportunity for the public to learn about the current Public Transit Infrastructure Fund projects and provide their thoughts. The success of this event saw stakeholders engaging in a lot of fun ways with these exciting projects, that included activities for all ages. As our city continues to grow toward a population of 500,000, we encourage everyone to come to one of our future Plan for Growth events to help us understand what matters to you most.