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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 400 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! 

Whether or not you participated in this wave, you can follow along with our progress by joining our newsletter!

The intervention

Bus Rapid Transit Saskatoona $66M investment in a 22 km Saskatoon BRT system along three major roadways. BRT is an enhanced bus system, operating on bus lanes or other transit ways to combine the flexibility of buses with the efficiency of rail. BRT is now in twenty cities in North America. A functional plan for the system was approved by City Council in April 2019.

Learn more about Saskatoon’s proposed transit network redesign.

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have heard about the BRT corridors in Saskatoon

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enjoy using public transit in Saskatoon

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

How did participants respond in 2018?

The health questionnaire focuses on lifestyle, health, transportation habits and the perception of change in the neighbourhood. VERITAS is a map-based questionnaire which allows respondents to indicate where and with whom they do certain activities.

Questions?

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