City wants your ideas on im­prov­ing bus stops

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Get your smart­phones out, Saska­toon bus riders.

Saska­toon Tran­sit wants res­i­dents to par­tic­i­pate in a so­cial me­dia cam­paign called Bus Stop Blues to iden­tify stops and shel­ters in the city that need im­prove­ment.

Over the next three weeks, par­tic­i­pants can use the hash­tag #busstop­bluesyxe on Face­book or Twit­ter to post a photo and the lo­ca­tion of a bus stop they think needs im­prove­ment.

Saska­toon Tran­sit director Jim McDon­ald held a news con­fer­ence to an­nounce the cam­paign Wed­nes­day at a bus stop on the north­east cor­ner of the 14th Street and Cum­ber­land Av­enue.

“We rec­og­nize that some of the bus shel­ters and bus stops are not great,” he told re­porters. “They’re not friendly for peo­ple that are us­ing strollers, in par­tic­u­lar. They’re not friendly for peo­ple that are in wheel­chairs or scoot­ers or any­one who’s chal­lenged mo­bil­ity-wise.”

Saska­toon Tran­sit ex­pects to add about 20 shel­ters where the great­est need is iden­ti­fied, McDon­ald said. The ini­tia­tive is funded by a $300,000 por­tion of $1.5 mil­lion the fed­eral gov­ern­ment had pro­vided to pay for tran­sit shel­ter up­grades and to im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

The Cum­ber­land bus stop where McDon­ald held his news con­fer­ence is lo­cated on an un­paved stretch of land with ruts carved around it where cy­clists have cre­ated a nar­row path.

Saska­toon has 1,688 bus stops. As part of prepa­ra­tions to es­tab­lish a bus rapid tran­sit sys­tem, Saska­toon Tran­sit plans to con­duct a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of all city bus stops in 2019, McDon­ald said.

A year ago, for­mer mayor Don Atchi­son ex­pressed sur­prise when McDon­ald told council such a com­pre­hen­sive re­view of city bus stops had never been con­ducted.


The city has launched a so­cial me­dia cam­paign ask­ing res­i­dents which of the 1,688 bus stops need im­prove­ments. Above is the stop at 14th Street and Cum­ber­land Av­enue.

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