Board defers bus decision
Both Saskatoon city council and the U of S Board of Governors are proceeding cautiously on a city administration proposal to radically change bus transit routes.
On June 24, the Board of Governors deferred any decision on a proposal for a city-funded $500,000 reconstruction of the roadway in front of Place Riel which would provide for a one-way, buses-only lane next to Place Riel, defined pedestrian crosswalks, and traffic and pedestrian lights at the corner of Wiggins Road and Campus Drive.
The change would be part of the city’s proposal to make the U of S a major hub of a rerouted city transit system. One official told news media that in the new system the number of buses at Place Riel in the peak morning hour would rise to 50 from the current 26.
The reaction of students, faculty and staff to the proposal hasn’t yet been assessed.
On June 30, city council deferred its decision on the overall city plan because it wants more information about where the downtown transit hub will be located. The earliest it will reconsider the plan is in late-July.
With transit hub construction needed at various city sites, the new transit plan is unlikely to start before mid-2006.