Regina Transit

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Regina Transit
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Regina Transit Bus 545 (TC40-102N Classic) in present livery (2009)
Founded 1911[1]
Headquarters 333 Winnipeg Street
Locale Regina, SK
Service area Regina City limits
Service type bus service, paratransit
Routes 19
Fleet 103 buses[1]
Annual ridership 7,140,000[2]
Fuel type diesel
Website reginatransit.com

Regina Transit is the public transportation agency operated by the city of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. It is the oldest public transit system in Saskatchewan and has been city-owned since its inception.

History[edit]

Inauguration of the Regina Municipal Railway in front of the City Hall on 11th Avenue, July 28, 1911.

Regina Transit's roots go back to July 28, 1911 (as the Regina Municipal Railway)[3] with streetcar operations, originally on ten miles of track, growing to 20 miles in the early 1930s. The "Dirty Thirties" saw huge deficits resulting in major cut-backs in service. With a shortage of gasoline and steel during World War II, streetcar ridership grew dramatically. The 32 streetcars used in 1945 carried 9,000,000 more passengers than they did in 1940. An important event in the system's history was a fire in its "bus barn" on January 23, 1949 that destroyed 17 trolley coaches, nine gasoline buses, five steel streetcars and nine wooden cars. On September 5, 1950 The last streetcar made its final run through the streets of Regina and the Regina Municipal Railway became the Regina Transit System. Regina Transit provided trolley bus service from 1947 to 1966 using Canada Car and Foundry Brill trolley buses. Since 1955, its preferred transit fleet has been buses because their freedom from overhead lines makes them suitable for detours and charters. An innovation in the early 1970s was its Telebus service, which used a telephone/radio dispatching system to send buses to individual homes. This service ended in the early 1980s because of its high cost.[1] In 2008 Regina Transit adopted three new express route centred around the university, cutting bus trip time by up to 20 minutes.

Routes[edit]

Regular service[edit]

Regina Transit Bus 566 (TC40-102N Classic) in pre-2008 livery

Regina Transit operates 18 routes on weekdays and Saturdays (except holidays)[4]

  • 1 Dieppe/Broad North
  • 2 Argyle Park/Downtown
  • 3 University/Sherwood Estates
  • 4 Hillsdale/Walsh Acres
  • 5 Uplands/Downtown
  • 6 Westhill/Downtown
  • 7 Glencairn/Whitmore Park
  • 8 RCMP Depot/Eastview
  • 9 Parkridge/Albert Park
  • 10 Woodland Grove/Downtown
  • 11 Normanview/Normandy Heights
  • 12 Varsity Park/Downtown
  • 13 Mount Royal/South Lakeview
  • 14 Ross Industrial
  • 15 Heritage
  • 16 Rochdale
  • 17 Community Services Village
  • 18 Harbour Landing

Sunday service[edit]

A modified version of the system is used on Sundays. Busses run hourly from 8 am to 7 pm.[5]

  • 901 Dieppe/Broad North
  • 902 Argyle Park/Downtown
  • 903 Sherwood Estates/Glencairn
  • 904 Normanview/University
  • 905 Southland/Plaza East
  • 906 University Park/Parkridge
  • 907 Varsity Park/Glencairn
  • 908 RCMP Depot/Eastview
  • 909 Albert Park/Golden Mile
  • 910 Superstore/Normanview
  • 912 Whitmore Park/Golden Mile
  • 913 Normandy Heights/Downtown

Campus Express[edit]

Two routes provide express service to and from the University of Regina. They operate on weekdays between August 30-June 30.

  • 21 University/Glencairn
  • 23 Innovation Place/Sherwood Mall

New Route Network (Starts July 21,2013)[edit]

On April 10, 2013 the city of Regina approved a major route network change that would better serve the ever growing Saskatchewan capital

  • 1 Dieppe-Broad North
  • 2 Argyle Park-Woodland Grove
  • 3 University-Sherwood Estates
  • 4 Walsh Acres-Hillsdale
  • 5 Uplands-Maple Ridge
  • 6 Westhill-Ross Industrial
  • 7 Whitmore Park-Glencairn
  • 8 Eastview-Normandy Heights
  • 9 Parkridge-Albert Park
  • 10 RCMP-Normanview
  • 12 Mount Royal-Varsity Park
  • 14 Windsor Park
  • 15 Heritage
  • 16 Lakeridge
  • 18 Harbour Landing
  • 21 Glencairn-University
  • 30 Rochdale-University Express
  • 40 Albert Street Express
  • 50 Victoria Avenue Express

Bus fleet[edit]

The system, whose service area is confined to Regina's city limits, maintains a fleet of 108 buses. Most of the buses listed, especially the New Looks and Classics, have been refurbished and given new livery colors, along with newly installed electronic destination signs. in 2010, Regina Transit announced that it will add new buses from NovaBus, which is expected to replace the New Looks.

Other services[edit]

Regina Transit operates a charter bus service and a 26-fleet paratransit service for residents who cannot use the regular transit system.[6]

References[edit]

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