Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and
Active Transportation Network
City of Saskatoon Admin Recommendations Released

April 17 – City of Saskatoon Administration released several options and their recommendations regarding routing for both Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the Active Transportation Network*, and how these will run through and connect to Downtown Saskatoon. Of note, all options presented are viable options. If Council endorses one or both recommendations (on April 29, 2019), and funding is subsequently secured from the Federal and Provincial governments, it is not anticipated that construction for BRT would begin before 2022, with estimated completion in 2025.

*The Active Transportation Network has previously been referred to as protected bike lanes and the All Ages & Accessibility (AAA) Network, but the terminology has evolved along with the understanding that it’s more than about only bike lanes – it’s also about improvements to sidewalks and basic mobility equity.

 

Bus Rapid Transit – Options for Consideration


Two potential options were being considered for a north-south route for BRT through Downtown Saskatoon – 1st Avenue or 3rd Avenue. According to the report, “3rd Avenue and 1st Avenue are considered viable north-south route options with associated trade-offs depending on which route is selected.”

Administration’s Recommendation is that City Council adopt 1st Avenue as the north-south BRT corridor in Downtown Saskatoon.

More detailed information about the Downtown BRT route & configuration available here.

 

Downtown Active Transportation Network – Options for Consideration


Three potential options will be presented to City Council on April 29:

Option 1: Establish the network on 3rd Avenue, 19th Street, and 23rd Street
Option 2: Establish the network on 4th Avenue, 19th Street, and 23rd Street
Option 3: No Formal Downtown Network

Administration’s Recommendation is that City Council adopt Option 1 to establish the Downtown Active Transportation Network along 3rd Avenue, 19th Street, and 23rd Street.

More detailed information about the Downtown Active Transportation Network available here.

More information to follow…