Public transit resources for Bus Riders of Saskatoon
Looking for public transit related resources? You’ll find them below. City of Saskatoon reports, blogs with frequent public transit related items, and even public transit related research to inform and educate.
The 2016 route revisions are now running. You may need to plan out new routes to get to where you want to go. To help see how the new routes (and the unchanged routes) connect with one another, have a look at the new overall system map.
Real Time Tracker
Saskatoon Transit is recommending the use of Google Transit or Transit App. From the Saskatoon Transit website:
Saskatoon Transit has real time transit tracking through the third party developers, Transit App and Google Transit. This initiative provides GPS information for bus locations on individual routes throughout Saskatoon. Real time transit tracking will allow customers to see the location of their bus in real time and see how many minutes until the next bus arrives, which will limit wait times at bus stops.
With Transit App and Google Transit you can create customized route maps without having to sort through schedules. Saskatoon Transit updates the necessary data as required, ensuring our customers have accurate information available.
Transit App and Google Transit will also:
- Provide walking directions to the nearest stop
- Allow you to find your destination based on landmarks or place names rather than an address
- Google allows you to use “street view” to see what your departure or arrival destination actually looks like
- Allows you to select a departure or arrival destination based on nearest intersection rather than address.
- Provides estimated fare costs and compares it to another mode of transportation, such as driving
Real time transit tracking through Transit App and Google Transit will result in better trip planning, less wait times and fewer missed connections.
The Real Time Map on Saskatoon Transit’s website may still work for some. This link may not work on all mobile devices, but if your mobile browser has a “desktop mode” (such as Dolphin) you should have at least some functionality. Saskatoon Transit advises that the Real Time Map has a heavy data load, so be aware of the impact to your data plan.
If you have had a problem with Saskatoon’s Transit system, report it using their website address or by phoning them, at 306-975-3100. Useful information to include in your report is the day of incident, time of the incident, four digit bus number, route number and name (e.g. 8 City Centre) and the direction of bus (e.g. northbound). Any additional bit of information you can provide Saskatoon Transit in your comments is helpful.
They now have a dedicated page to respond to their customers.
Also, consider participating in their Engagement program, to have more input into transit decisions.
Learn more about Saskatoon Transit
There are several people and groups throughout the city who comment on issues regarding Saskatoon’s transit. Often, their views are well researched and written.
YXE Simon Says delivers not only his views, but also statistics, analysis, and history within the context of Saskatoon’s current events.
Better Transit YXE is run by transit enthusiasts with a mission “to catalyze discussion about public transit in Saskatoon and encourage change!”
Jordon Cooper, writes a weekly column in the Star Phoenix and is the Vice President of Community Development at the affordable housing development company, Stewart Properties. He was responsible for holding a walk from the Confederation Mall to the University of Saskatchewan during the transit lockout, to bring light on the affect it has on the city’s transit users. He writes on a variety of issues in Saskatoon and around the world.
Our YXE gives a voice to the concerns and ideas from people in Saskatoon. The website hosts a blog, a podcast, and links regarding our fair city.
Learn more about Public Transit
Blogs of interest:
Human Transit is the blog of Jarrett Walker. Jarrett is an international consultant in public transit network design and policy, based in Portland, Oregon. He is also the author of Human Transit: How clearer thinking about public transit can enrich our communizes and our lives (Island Press, 2011), an excellent resource for increasing the layperson’s understanding of transit planning.
The Victoria Transport Policy Institute is an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative and practical solutions to transportation problems. Lots of information here, everything from When are bus lanes warranted?, Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefits, to Evaluating Public Transit Benefits and Costs.
Though U.S. based, there is plenty of interest at CityLab. Dedicated to the people who are creating the cities of the future—and those who want to live there. The City Fixer tab collates stories into various topic areas, including Mass Transit.
City of Saskatoon Reports
City of Saskatoon 2015 Municipal Manual, a good resource on the City’s organizational structure, history, and statistics.
Saskatoon Transit Fleet Renewal Strategy, report and recommendation passed by City Council on June 22, 2015.
Public Transit Related Research
Economic Impact of Transit Investment, Canadian Urban Transit Association
Federal, Provincial and Territorial Public Transit Funding Programs in Canada, Canadian Urban Transit Association
Urban Transportation and Design: Getting Where We Need to Go Summary Report, Sustainability Networking Conference, May 2014, University of Saskatchewan School of Environment and Sustainability
Useful Life of Transit Buses and Vans, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration Report No. FTA VA-26-7229-07.1
Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefits, Victoria Transport Policy Institute