age-friendly, Partners, transportation

Experience Transit 2018

Saskatoon Transit is exploring new ways in which to promote sustainable alternatives to car use and to support friendly forms of transportation such as walking, cycling, ride sharing, and public transit. There is huge potential in this area for older adults, new Canadians, students, and any individuals new to transit to become more active in multi-modal transportation. Saskatoon Transit is leading this kind of change. This summer there will be several opportunities for you to test drive transit and Experience Transit as a 1st or 2nd time rider.

People new to transit are faced with challenges as they consider a change in their mode of transportation. These may include: having a support system to find a new way of being independent and mobile, understanding bus routes, fears and anxiety, and adapting to a new mode of travel. Experience Transit is a first step – positive experience that will help you overcome these initial challenges of travelling on transit.

Who can benefit from this travel training experience

  • Older adults and their families
  • Those already using transit but lacking confidence or having some anxiety about transit
  • Those with a physical and/or cognitive disability
  • Those with a mobility aide (ie: walker, wheelchair)
  • Those who would like to learn about public transit but who are still capable of driving
  • Those who are new to Saskatoon or have never tried transit before
  • Those who have English as a second language

Details about Experience Saskatoon Transit

  • In partnership with different Saskatoon community organizations, Saskatoon Transit will be offering 2 hour Experience Transit sessions this summer
  • In this 2 hour travel training session you will be introduced to Saskatoon Transit staff, learn about bus fares, how to board and disembark a bus, travel on a transit route, and participate in a lively “Transit 101” discussion. Each session is limited to 6 persons per group and availability is on a first-come basis. The size of each group, duration of session and start/end times may vary.
  • Available Dates & Time:

Wed., June 20, 2018 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)                Thurs. June 21, 2018          (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Wed., July 18, 2018  (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)                Thurs., July 19, 2018                (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Wed., Aug. 15, 2018  (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)                Thurs., Aug. 16, 2018                (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) 

Wed., Sept. 19, 2018               (10:00 pm – 12:00 pm)                Thurs., Sept. 20, 2018                (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)

To request an application form to register a spot for yourself or a group (4-6) for one of these dates, or for more information about Experience Transit, please contact one of the following:

Cory Shrigley                                                           

Customer Support & Engagement Manager                                 Customer Service Center

Saskatoon Transit                                                                           Saskatoon Transit

Tel. 306.975.2990  cell 306.380.7100                                            Tel. 306.975.3100

Email: cory.shrigley@saskatoon.ca                                                Email: transit.services@saskatoon.ca

 

 

 

 

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Route 808 Pilot bus route

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For some it’s a challenge getting to health care facilities using public transit. Route 808 is a pilot bus route designed to give people an easy way to get to and from their appointments. No more asking for a ride, walking long distances or booking in advance with Access Transit. Starting June 1, Route 808 will travel between City Hall, Saskatoon Housing Authority, Cancer Centre, Field House, Luther Tower, Ronald McDonald House, City Hospital and Medical Arts/Palisades on weekdays between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Regular fares apply) Route 808 will provide a safe, easy, and independent way to get to your appointments. For more details, download the mobile app called Transit, visit SaskatoonTransit.ca or call 306.975.3100.

age-friendly, Services, transportation

From Senior Shuttle Service to Access Bus

An isolation study (1994-97) done by the Saskatoon Council on Aging concluded that the lack of safe affordable transportation for frail seniors was a major cause of isolation.  A lack of access to required services such as health and recreation quickly leads to isolation and deteriorating health.

  • SCOA initiated the Senior Shuttle Service Pilot Project with financial support from New Horizons and generous community in-kind support. It provided 4224 rides to Saskatoon seniors during the trial period November 15, 1995 to March 31 1996.  A joint initiative of SCOA and the Corps of Commissionaires (CORPS), the project confirmed that an assisted seniors’ transportation service was needed on a permanent basis.
  • Based on the success of the pilot project, a Shuttle Service Management team was struck in 1997 to explore ways to develop a permanent service. A United Way grant provided funding to hire Lynn Tait as project coordinator. For two years meetings were held with MD ambulance and the two cab companies, Radio and United as well as other community groups. A fundraising initiative was undertaken in Nov 1997 with the goal of raising $120,000.

 Community response was generous: however, it became apparent that the whole issue of Special Needs Transportation needed to be a broad-based community effort.

  • In May 1998 SCOA approached City Council with a request for assistance in the implementation of a Senior Shuttle Service. The request was received by City Council on June 29th and referred to the Special Needs Transportation Study Task Force.  An August 1999 memo from the Saskatoon Council on Aging to City council supported the city’s recommendations to expand its eligibility criteria to include all persons who are unable to use the regular transit service due to physical, mental or medical disability. It also stated that the criteria would be further expanded to include all persons 75 years of age or older when the Special Needs Transportation service has the financial capacity to fulfill this demand. Efforts were also made to develop strategies to secure adequate funding from the City and the Province to finance Special Needs Transportation.

(1) On June 9th 2003, Councilor McCann inquired about the cost of providing the needed transportation. An external consultant was hired to do a study of the options. The recommendations of the report; that the driving, maintaining and booking of Special Needs Transportation be done in-house, was passed by council on August 11, 2003. By July 1 2004, the transition to in-house operations was in place. (1)

 (1)  Information provided by Jamie Robinson with Access Transit

Jean Nahachewsky Jan 22, 2014