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Improvements to our transit system benefit all residents. Shared funding project with federal government leads to enhanced services

Fri Oct 13 13:08:14 CST 2017

er shared funding with the federal government, the City will spend $17.2 million on expanding and enhancing our transit and paratransit systems, with $8.6 million coming from the City and $8.6 million from the federal government.

By the end of 2017, the City will have spent $14.3 million of the $17.2 million available on improving our transit system and making it more inclusive and accessible.

“With these transit projects, we better serve residents who want to take the bus now and in the future,” Mayor Michael Fougere said.

The Public Transit Infrastructure Fund is a $3.4 billion fund made available by the federal government to support municipal transit systems across Canada.

“Helping all Canadians get to and from their daily activities quickly and easily is essential to creating inclusive communities and our long-term prosperity. I am pleased that work is underway on these important projects that will create safer, more accessible and enjoyable commutes for Regina’s public transit users for years to come,” said the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Regina–Wascana, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

This past year, the City has focussed on projects aimed at improving our bus fleet along with customer service and safety. Most of the money went towards replacing older transit and paratransit buses with newer ones and adding a total of four new buses to our fleet, which now stands at 121 buses.

In 2017, money was also spent on making the transit system more accessible and inclusive. New larger bus shelters, for example, now make room for people with mobility devices. Bus stops now include bright yellow poles with braille and raised lettering for people with low vision and soon all our buses will have external route announcements, which will let people waiting at bus stops know what bus has arrived.

“With these improvements, we have made our transit system more inclusive so people with low vision can confidently use our bus system and can independently make decisions about the buses they wish to take,” Fougere said.

The City will spend the remaining $2.9 million in 2018,making technological upgrades to the transit system as well as adding three extra buses for the new Arcola Express Route, which we are currently seeking public feedback on.

This table outlines our transit improvement projects.

Infrastructure Done in 2017$ Spent (millions)

Transit fleet replacement

  • 17 conventional buses
  • 9 paratransit buses
$11 M

Transit Bus Fleet Increase

  • 3 new conventional buses
  • 1 new paratransit buses
$1.8 M

Customer Service & Safety Improvements

  • 48 new modern & larger bus shelters
  • External route announcements on all 121 buses to let people waiting at stops know what bus is arriving
  • 100 high visibility bus stops for people with low vision including bright yellow posts with braille & raised lettering plaques
  • Innovative Quantum securement stations for mobility devices on 5 buses
  • Updates to Paratransit system including new modems and mobile data terminals and new handheld collection devices
$1.5 M
TOTAL $14.3 million

 

Infrastructure to be Done in 2018$ Spent (millions)

Customer Service & Safety Improvements

  • Internal visual bus stop display with LED board on 60 buses to assist people with low hearing
$0.3 M

Arcola Express Bus Route

  • 3 buses purchased for proposed service
$1.7 M

Transit Technology Improvements

  • New dispatch scheduling software
$0.9 M
TOTAL $2.9 million
GRAND TOTAL $17.2 million