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DOWNTOWN SHUTTLE BUSES: A VERY BAD IDEA

Posted by strattof on March 23, 2014

Mayor Michael Fougere wants to remove regular transit buses from 11th Avenue in order to “lessen congestion” downtown. This plan will force transit users to transfer from regular buses to smaller shuttle buses to get downtown.

The location of the transfer points has not yet been made public. They will, however, be located somewhere on the periphery of the downtown area.

It is a very bad plan that will have a negative impact not only on transit users, but on all Regina citizens. It should be abandoned.

THE SHUTTLE BUS PLAN WILL HAVE

A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON PUBLIC TRANSIT USERS
• The shuttle bus plan will add to transit users’ travel time.
• It will be inconvenient for transit users, as it will require a bus transfer.
• It will be extremely awkward, possibly even chaotic, for transit users. Imagine 40 passengers getting off a regular bus with strollers and walkers and briefcases and backpacks and scrambling to get on a 20-seat shuttle bus.

A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON REGINA TRANSIT
• The shuttle bus plan will discourage people from using public transit.
• The past four years have seen a dramatic increase in transit ridership in Regina. In just the past two years, ridership has grown by 13.8%. It is a trend that needs to be encouraged, not discouraged.

A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON DOWNTOWN CONGESTION
• Mayor Fougere says his shuttle bus plan will “lessen congestion downtown.” However, transferring 40 people from a regular bus onto two smaller shuttle buses will, in fact, increase congestion downtown, not decrease it.
• If the mayor really wishes to reduce congestion, he needs to promote public transit. A regular busload of passengers takes up far less road space than 40 cars.

A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
• Many scientists believe that climate change is the single biggest threat facing the world today. Transit helps the environment. One busload of passengers takes the equivalent of 40 vehicles off the road, reducing emissions by more than 15,000 tonnes a year.

Instead of spending our tax dollars on shuttle buses, City Council needs to focus on improving Regina Transit so as to further increase ridership.

6 REASONS FOR IMPROVING PUBLIC TRANSIT
1. Public transit reduces congestion.
2. Public transit cuts greenhouse gas emissions.
3. Public transit is safe. In 2012 there were 6,012 traffic accidents in Regina, involving 1,624 injuries and 9 fatalities. Although Regina Transit’s fleet of buses is on the road 18 hours a day, in 2012 transit buses were only involved in 61 accidents, resulting in a mere 28 injuries and 0 fatalities.
4. Public transit saves you money. Downtown parking costs on average $200 per month. A 30-day adult bus pass costs $62.
5. Public transit gives you time to relax. You can read or chat or meditate on the bus with no safety worries.
6. Public transit helps everyone. Folks who serve us in hospitals, restaurants, and stores need transit to get to work. Businesses need customers and workers to get there. Transit is essential for people who cannot afford, or do not have the health, to drive a car. It is also necessary for people who choose not to drive.

HOW TO IMPROVE REGINA TRANSIT

  • Provide more frequent service.
  • Provide earlier and later service.
  • Offer full Sunday and holiday service following Saturday schedules.

PARATRANSIT
Paratransit desperately needs funding. In 2012, 1,400 calls for Paratransit went unanswered because of a lack of resources. “Equal access for persons with disabilities to public services is a human right” protected under the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code and Canadian law.

Double Paratransit resources and services.

TAKE ACTION

Let Mayor Fougere and your City Councillor know that you want regular transit buses to remain on 11th Avenue and that you reject the shuttle bus plan as a very bad idea.

 Mayor Michael Fougere 777-7339 or mayor@regina.ca

Ward 1: Barbara Young  539-4081 or byoung@regina.ca

Ward 2: Bob Hawkins  789-2888 or bhawkins@regina.ca

Ward 3: Shawn Fraser 551-5030 or sfraser@regina.ca

Ward 4: Bryon Burnett 737-3347 or bburnett@regina.ca

Ward 5: John Findura 536-4250 or jfindura@regina.ca

Ward 6: Wade Murray 596-1035 or wmurray@regina.ca

Ward 7: Sharron Bryce 949-5025 or sbryce@regina.ca

Ward 8: Mike O’Donnell 545-7300 or modonnell@regina.ca

Ward 9: Terry Hincks 949-9690 or thincks@regina.ca

Ward 10:Jerry Flegel 537-9888 or jflegel@regina.ca

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