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City of Regina wants public transit to provide a quarter of all trips by 2025

Regina city councilors will have their first chance to debate the future of public transit in the queen city next week.

The city’s first-ever Regina Transit Master Plan, which was developed by city government and will guide transit decision-making for the next 25 years, will be presented to the Executive Committee next Wednesday.

“There is a lot of potential in this plan. It’s the first of its kind in the City of Regina,” said City of Regina General Manager of Citizen Services Kim Onrait.

“This plan steers Regina’s transit in a modern, customer-focused direction. It improves transportation in our community and manages growth to create a sustainable and attractive option that is feasible. »

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A key goal of the Transit Plan, which was developed to complement other city strategies such as the Energy and Sustainability Framework (ESF), is to increase Regina’s transit modal share. to 25% by 2025. In other words, public transit accounts for a quarter of all trips made within the city.

Currently, according to Transit and Fleet Manager Brad Bells, who acknowledged the pandemic has lowered ridership, that number is closer to 5%.

To increase traffic, the plan proposes a series of short, medium and long-term objectives.

The plan proposes to increase the frequency of public transit on all routes, increase the number of routes operating on weekends, expand hours of operation on Sundays and holidays, and modernize the fare payment and planning and on-demand services by developing an integrated app and making public transit free for youth. under 12 in order to create habits of public transport.

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This goal has been identified as one of the most quickly achievable if the plan is approved by the board.

Another objective of the ESF is to increase the use of low-emission vehicles.

As such, the transit plan proposes to fully electrify its bus fleet by 2039. As part of that timeline, it proposes the first seven of them to be purchased and operating in 2024.

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The city says that to implement all of its short-term goals, including increasing route frequency and hours of operation and purchasing the first seven electric buses, it would cost about $80 million in total. .

Council’s approval of the plan does not automatically commit the city to any of the proposed expenditures.

City of Regina wants public transit to provide a quarter of all trips by 2025

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