Saskatoon Bus Rapid Transit Delayed Due to Pandemic

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The city says the pandemic has hampered its ability to properly engage with the public about the project.

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The launch of Saskatoon’s rapid transit-style bus system is being pushed back to 2026 due to the pandemic, according to a report on the agenda for next week’s city council transportation committee meeting.

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The administration says the pandemic has hampered its ability to properly engage with the public about the project, especially through in-person meetings.

“The BRT project has been unexpectedly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Terry Schmidt, director general of transportation and construction, said in a press release.

“Not being able to meet in person meant that we weren’t able to live up to our principles of engagement, inclusion and relationship building. We determined that there was a need to extend the launch date to June 2026 so that we could garner the important public and staff feedback needed to ensure the BRT system meets the needs of our residents. “

The launch of the BRT system was initially scheduled for June 2025.

The city says public feedback is required in several areas of network planning and construction.

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