The City of Regina and the federal government are planning on spending $17.2 Million on city transit and paratransit systems.
A number of changes, including larger bus shelters, brighter, more noticeable bus stop poles with braille lettering, and improved wheelchair safety restraints, are all being funded.
Brad Bells, Regina City Transit Director, says the wheelchair restraints are getting feedback from the customers and transit drivers.
“It’s called a Quantam security device, and we’re piling it on five of our buses on our entire fleet,” Bells says. “We’re going to get feedback from our customers and our drivers on how that is different from our current system of securements.”
Bells says Regina compares well against the rest of Canada when it comes to transit.
“I think overall, we’re leading a lot of the initiatives across Canada on some of this. There is some other cities that are dealing with the Quantam and testing that as well, we are probably a little bit behind updating our shelters, but it’s a nice initiative to get that in place. As far as the internal stop announcements and external route announcements, I think we’re leading in that initiative.”
Also part of the funding, Regina will see 17 conventional buses and 9 paratransit buses replaced, and another four buses more in circulation.
Mayor Michael Fougere and Minister Ralph Goodale were on hand to make the announcement.