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Saskatoon

Can Saskatoon’s new BRT make our city healthier and happier?

In 2017, INTERACT launched a five-year study to uncover how the implementation of proposed changes to Saskatoon’s Transit Network might impact physical activity, social participation, and well-being—and whether these impacts would be felt equally across different socioeconomic groups. This study is led by INTERACT researchers at the University of Saskatchewan, in collaboration with partners and scientists across Canada.

We’ve recruited a cohort of over 300 adults in Saskatoon to help us learn how the proposed enhanced bus system would influence residents health and mobility. Hop on!

Thank you, Saskatoon!

Recruitment for 2020 data collection is closed. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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The intervention

Saskatoon is investing $66M in a 22-km Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system along three major roadways. Major route and schedule changes were implemented in 2019. A functional plan for the system was approved by City Council in April 2019.

In 2020, Council endorsed the Corridor Transformation Plan, which directs areas for future growth, based on four guiding principles, focused on Transit-Oriented Development, Land Use, Transit Villages and Public Realm Principles – focused on creating public streets and spaces that are visually appealing, safe, inviting, universally accessible and livable on a year-round basis.

Learn more about Saskatoon’s proposed transit network redesign.

The cohort

In 2018, INTERACT collected baseline data on 316 adults
residing within 800m of the proposed BRT lines or who
rode the bus regularly. In the fall of 2020, the team
followed up with 110 returning participants, and recruited
155 new participants to assess changes in physical activity,
social participation and well-being. The cohort are mainly
white (2018: 67%, 2020: 65%), composed of mainly
women (2018: 73%, 2020: 69%), with about 40% of
particpants reporting household incomes under $50k
(2018: 44%; 2020: 41%).

Insights from the data

%

have heard about the BRT corridors in Saskatoon

%

enjoy using public transit in Saskatoon

%

would be much more likely to take the bus if the bus ran every 10 minutes

Who uses the bus and why? What do they think about the service? 

Who will benefit most from route changes? 

How do people get to the bus? How far are they willing to walk?

How has COVID-19 impacted mobility in Saskatoon?

Questions?

Please contact Sylvana Tu (INTERACT Saskatoon Project Coordinator) at306-966-2250 or saskatoon@teaminteract.ca.