The City of Regina and Saskatchewan Roughriders are strengthening their bus routes agreement, bringing in additional free bus routes for Rider games.
The bus routes would bring in fans from malls across the city, dropping fans off before and after the games.
Mayor Michael Fougere says the increased bus service is a reflection of the popularity of the service.
“Back when we started last year with the new stadium, we thought we’d have about 1,000-3,000 fans that would take the service and use that, but we have a lot more,” Fougere says. “We have between 6,000-8,000 Rider fans coming to the stadium with Transit.”
Ultimately the additional bus routes for Rider games will be brought up at April 30th’s city council meeting.
Fougere says while some fans may ask for this for Pats games, the agreement for the buses is between the Riders and the City of Regina.
“This is an agreement with the Riders and the City of Regina, and the Riders are paying for the entirety of the bus service,” Fougere says. “We can have that conversation with the Pats in the future to see if they want to do that as well. They have seen an uptake; we’ve had a really good year the last couple of years, and that may well be something we want to talk to them about but for the moment this agreement only relates to the Riders and the City of Regina.”
However, Fougere did say there is a plan in place to bring buses in for the Memorial Cup, which comes to Regina in May.