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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

CITY OF REGINA HAPPY WITH RIDER TRANSIT SYSTEM

Over 8,000 fans used the free Rider Transit service as part of the final tune-up for new Mosaic Stadium on Saturday evening.

7,400 fans used the service at the May 27 Regina Rocks Mosaic Stadium concert. Traditionally approximately 1,000 fans have used the Rider service each game in previous years.

“Growth in numbers show us there is an appetite for the service and doing things differently in our new stadium. We are working hard to make sure that everyone who uses the service has the best experience possible,” said Kim Onrait, Executive Director of City Services & Major Projects.

“Our downtown route is the one that has the most potential for growth. It is quick and easy and allows us to use a significant amount of parking available downtown.”

Operationally there were very few glitches before, during and after the game on Saturday. Debriefs from the pre-season game with staff from Evraz Place, Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club and the City of Regina began immediately following the game.

Mosaic Stadium will officially open on July 1 when the Riders host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Fans hoping to attend both the Rider game and the fireworks in Wascana Park on Canada Day will be able to use the free Rider Transit service.

After the game on July 1 anyone who wants to get close to the fireworks can use the Southland Mall shuttle and they will be dropped off on the north side of Wascana Park. The fireworks are expected to begin at approximately 11 p.m. At the conclusion of the fireworks buses will depart from College Avenue between Albert Street and Smith Street to each of the four mall locations.

(City of Regina PR)

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you were a bus RIDER after the game and remained to the end of the game, then you weren't pleased waiting in a Q for 45 minutes that was not a happy place.

Regina Transit is happy with their efforts... still laughing.

There was so much confusion leaving the stadium with bus lines crossing one another with people trying to get to their cars crossing lines....

Regina Transit does not understand!!!!!!!

:(

Anonymous said...

Im glad the city are happy with it! lmfao

Anonymous said...

Yea wasn't as good as grey cup in 2013. Definitely some work to do. If it becomes any more difficult to get down to and home from the stadium I am done. I would rather pay $10 per game for parking then use the free bus. $30/game is outside my price range for parking.

Standing around for an hour total both ways tarnishes my excitement for going to the game.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad the city is thrilled with 70 people riding their bicycles to the game (out of 33,000 fans). What a great uptake.

3RD and 1 said...

With the Provincial Government dropping STC and the City having to become a Big City transit system over night for large gatherings like the Rider game. This subject couldn't be more volatile. This article stating the City is happy is like throwing the match on a Bon fire that's stacked high and soaked in lighter fluid. KAPOW!!!! Everybody around the issue just had their eyebrows and eyelashes sinjed or burned right off of their face.
After living in the GV area for 7 years. You learn how to get to a concert or a game using their system. Toronto works the same way. It's smooth but that because Vancouver has the sky train and Toronto has both a subway and some above ground. Everything is automated so you know a new train will be there every 10 minutes or less. Where as Regina is all tire and wheel travel with drivers. So waiting ridiculous amounts of time and then not getting on because it's full is frustrating and causes RIDE RAGE (haha) just made that up. But the frustration is as clear as a bell.
I know the city will figure it out and that's why they are happy at this point. For the 1st ever game it sure could have been a lot worse. So we just have to be happy that our game experience for 3 hours of comfort and eye candy is well worth the delay getting home.
Let's all hold our breath and give them a break.

Anonymous said...

"Growth in numbers show us their is an appetite for the service and doing things differently in our new stadium...

Huh??????? "People forced to use this service". I'd rather drive my own vehicle and use accessible parking within close proximity to the venue, but that's not going to happen anytime soon. In their haste to get this stadium build off the ground the selected location was wrong from the get go. The current transportation system of bussing people is a farce and will not improve, this is Regina after all. Time for business interests to invest in the area, at least four large collosal under/over ground parkaide buildings strategically located needed asap.

KL

Anonymous said...

"Growth in numbers show us their is an appetite for the service and doing things differently in our new stadium... LOL
Amazing how people who have to justify madness sound like they live on a different planet. The growth in numbers should not to be misinterpreted as an "appetite for service". It's because people are forced to ride not because they want to. Waiting in line for 45 minutes will soon get old and I fear the same thing will happen to attendance as happened in Winnipeg, a dramatic drop.Especially if as predicted the Riders do not make the playoffs this year.
Who decided on this location? I cannot see one advantage to being located there. Common sense would tell most people that the limited parking and access will not work. It is a deterrent and fans will soon be turned off once the newness of the stadium wears off.
Unfortunately common sense does not seem to be common anymore.

Anonymous said...

KL........just WHO do you expect to pay for "at least four large collosal under/over ground parkaide buildings strategically located"???????????

Anonymous said...

Parkades near the stadium will never be built.

The City of Regina denied the application to build a parkade near the General Hospital, which would be utilized a lot more than the 10 times a year there is a football game.

You will have to get used to walking, taking the bus, or riding your bike.

Anonymous said...

Well, for those of you that have posted on here, at least you are not bitter. You could have listened to Mullinder on the radio using the term "carry the rock" about 100 times.

Anonymous said...

Can you read?
"Time for business interests to invest in the area,"

Anonymous said...

If you go to a game in Calgary, most take the C-train, very limited parking at McMahon unless you get there 2 hours before. Go to EDM and you don't have much choice but to park at a mall and take the busses provided, zero parking around Commonwealth or the new hockey rink. Eventually the city will get it worked out. We hope.

Anonymous said...

Would have been nice to listen to the post game show, but spent it waiting in line for a bus....

Anonymous said...

Where would you have built the stadium? And would people get to and from it?

Kara said...

The trip TO the stadium was awesome! We left from the Southland, and there was a line, but there was always at least one bus there, and one waiting, so the line was constantly moving.

ON THE OTHER HAND....the ride home was confusing to say the least. The lines were all mixed up and completely uncoordinated. It also took until 11:00 to LEAVE the stadium (we were among the last to leave to the Southland...the Vic Square one was still lined up down the stadium practically to Gate 3).

There might be a better chance on July 1...because anyone that took them last week will be driving or cabbing this time!

Anonymous said...

Taking the bus to the stadium was very easy. We left early and were on the 2nd bus out of Normanview and were at the stadium if 15 minutes.

Leaving the stadium was ok because we left the game early but when we left there was a huge lineup of people to catch a bus and it sounds like that lineup lasted for a very long time.

If the city is patting themselves on the back and acting clueless about the disorganization and unhappy customers after the game, this problem will never get solved. Those 8,000 fans will dwindle down quickly. It seems that the only people the city didn't debrief with are the people that actually used the bus. Hopefully the message gets back to them very soon.

Anonymous said...

Ear buds and your phone, then click on listen live ckrm Pretty easy

Anonymous said...

Wow 45 minutes to get back from the game. Live in Calgary or Edmonton or Vancouver where it takes you 1-2hrs to get to and from work. People just have to bitch about something.

Anonymous said...

15 min to the game. 30 min home. Thought Regina transit did a great job. Bus drivers were friendly and helpful. You can't beat the price! For those that had trouble, they will continue to work out the hassles. Be patient.

Anonymous said...

Fans won't tolerate this bus bottleneck after a few games. I guarantee you the 8,000 number will be cut in half by year end.