The City of Regina is strengthening their agreement with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, bringing in more buses for Rider game days.
The buses would pick fans up at various locations around the city and drop them off at Mosaic stadium before the game, then driving fans back to their pickup locations after the game.
Mayor Michael Fougere says the city and the Riders noticed the demand and decided to increase the level of service.
“We have a lot more riders than we thought we were going to have, we thought 1,000-2,000 riders, but last year we had 6,000-8,000, which is fantastic,” Fougere says. “It’s more than we anticipated, but what’s also good is that the Riders are there as well, (saying) ‘we’ll put more money into it.'”
Fougere says while a large number of fans pile into the buses, it doesn’t seem to be a safety concern.
“We wouldn’t put more people in (the buses) than what is safe to have in there, we’ll put more buses on the roads, and we did that when we realized that we weren’t getting 1,000-2,000, but we were getting 4,000-8,000 people; we needed to put more buses on the road and we did that.”
The transit to and from games will be also be supplied free of charge for fans.