Things Are Good: Go Ride the Bus, Busses are Great!

When is a bus not a bus? When it’s a trackless train. Busses are a great solution to traffic congestion, so much so that bus rapid transit (BRT) systems are growing the world over. The problem with getting more money into BRTs and expanding them is the baggage of the word bus. It turns out ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Core Of the Problem Is Austerity

Then you proclaimed "Transportation Week" because “Saskatchewan’s transportation industry … is vital to the success of our economy." — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) June 7, 2017 "you have to ask the question; is [a bus] the core function of government?" -YouIs it transportation perhaps?Yes!#TransportationWeak — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) June 7, 2017 In the Saskatchewan Legislature Thursday, Premier ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Weak Transportation Week

Sent to a Saskatchewan Government employee who announced Saskatchewan Transportation Week immediately after STC bus and parcel services were closed to be sold off much later: Dear Brandy Leippi: Reading your press release citing the proclamation of this week as Saskatchewan Transportation Week, I was struck by how contradictory the Government’s messaging is in juxtaposition ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Transportation Not Meeting Demand

It’s been kind of a bad year for transportation in Saskatchewan. Aside from the potential Supercharger for Swift Current, there haven’t been many tangible bright spots for Saskatchewan. Premier Wall rejects the carbon tax plan to reduce emissions SGI says they’re not considering a rebate on Zero Emission Vehicles, as they once had 5 years ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: STC Bus Shut Down By Callous SaskParty

Today is a terrible day in Saskatchewan history. The Brad Wall government has ended public transportation to most Saskatchewan communities. There is tomorrow no bus service between Saskatoon and Regina, a sort of event you’d expect after a major natural disaster, not an incompetent government decision poised to directly harm thousands of people, and inconvenience ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Greyhound and RCMP Bring #StarlightTours To Manitoba

Do you remember the Starlight Tours? Now you don’t have to be drunk to experience this police mistreatment, only be a First Nations person who is unwell. A shameful story of racism out of Manitoba today. This is one of the companies the SaskParty is looking toward to offer replacement bus service due to the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Letter to MLA regarding STC Closure/Privatization

Dear Mrs. Beaudry-Mellor: I’m dismayed by your government’s cut of all rural SK bus service. This is a horrible decision that isolates people in small towns and cities, and harms people who cannot drive including people who are blind, or unable or unwilling to operate a private motor vehicle. It will increase the cost of healthcare ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: STC Bus Service Couldn’t Survive the SaskParty

This news makes me so mad and disappointed. The future of Saskatchewan got a little more bleak today. “What are the core services that people expect from government – and it is not necessarily a bus company,” Finance Minister Kevin Doherty said Wednesday. “As for the short window of time before service ends, the province ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: When a Gazillion Means Less Than One

@awudrick Instead of naming a gazillion, I'd enjoy one example from Canada or western USA. — Saskboy K. (@saskboy) December 1, 2015 @awudrick because it's a huge geographic area, and if it cannot work in Canada, or geographically similar western USA, why Sask? — Saskboy K. (@saskboy) December 1, 2015 I’ll update this blog post ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: If You Don’t Like Canada…

Comments from CBC story, discussing the U-Pass at the University of Regina: Corruptable writes: forcing someone to pay for a bus pass they will not use is ludicrous. she would force everyone to pay for a parking spot that only some will use… blue cheese responds: @Corruptable like getting taxed for schools when we have ...

Things Are Good: Lose Weight by Taking the Bus

Obesity is a health problem in North America and this is due to modern lifestyle choices. One choice is to live far from work and commute using a car (this has led to environmental problems in addition to health problems) which means that people physically move less than before. Some new research now points out ...

Things Are Good: A Call to Think Bigger About Transit

The way we get around in North America is changing from a work-home orientation to a node based network with multiple destinations. At first cars were used to fulfil this but as traffic worsens we need to rethink how we all get around. The solution, of course, is to kick the addiction to owning cars. ...

Aaron Manton: POLL: Ontario Election – Who Has the Best Bus?

Will Kathleen Wynne’s steady hands stay at 10 and 2? How many of Tim Hudak’s million jobs are for designing bus wrap slogans? What’s the insurance rate for Andrea Horwath’s campaign vehicle? Transportation, already a prominent issue in the 2014 provincial election, intersects with many aspects of politics, policy, and campaigning. With that in mind, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Saskatoon Shiners #exploresk

Saskatoon is a beautiful city, so don’t let these photos fool you. Every city has a few shiners here and there. “There”, in this case, is downtown. This is the Holiday Inn Supermax Prison. Don’t worry, it only looks like a prison from the outside. You can leave, unlike the more picturesque Hotel California. Here’s ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bus-Taker’s Guide To The Galaxy

I helped invent and host a city bus tour to a movie theatre from the Riddell Centre on Tuesday evening. It went very well, even though our bus was 20 minutes late when first leaving. The weather was astoundingly perfect, and the ten people who went all seemed to enjoy the evening very much. I ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Groceries Gone

The people in the green circle are entering a Food Desert in September, as Sobeys is opting to close the Lakeshore store on 23rd Ave. There will be no grocery store within walking distance for thousands of people. Bus service, limited as it is, is highlighted for the region. I’ve heard that a developer involved ...

Walking Turcot Yards: Verdun, April 12, 2013

Can only remember this much snow a couple of times in my life this far into April and probably only in the last 15 years or so. My father was born on April 22 and he always said that his father claimed there was still snow in the backyard the day he was born. My ...

Things Are Good: Wirelessly Charging Electric Buses to be Tested

The city of Mannheim will be testing a new kind of electric bus which can be charged wirelessly. Bombardier, who makes the buses, is hoping to prove that using electric buses can be cheaper and more efficient than current models. Every time the bus stops to pickup or drop off passengers a device beneath the ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Regina Transit Petition

Regina Transit is planning to rearrange existing service to provide a few efficiencies. I see that more investment is needed to make significant improvements that transit riders have been requesting for well over a decade already. As Regina is growing, we’re reaching the limit our streets and parking lots can take, and it’s showing up ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Solar Tour

On the weekend I had a fantastic tour of the Regina area, along with my parents, seeing the sights highlighted by conversions to solar energy. Solar PV, and active and passive solar heating were demonstrated in locations adjacent to the General Hospital, Shannon Road in south Regina (part of where I’m running to be a ...

LeDaro: Rosa Parks, Bus, Barack Obama and Civil Rights Movement

Ed Shultz of MSNBC had a nice coverage of Barack Obama sitting on the seat of the bus where Rosa Parks sat and refused to vacate the seat for a white woman. Ms. Parks’ actions provided a great momentum to the civil rights movement. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the ...

knitnut.net: The fusses on the buses

Things have been a little crazy on the city buses lately. First there was the driver who was videotaped shouting, swearing and intimidating the student. (If you haven’t seen that video yet, here it is). Then there was the driver of the #5 who, when challenged by a frustrated customer for arriving 40 minutes late, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Transit Is For Suckers

If there’s one lesson Canadians can learn from the latest Stats Can study into public transit, it’s that losers take the bus. A whopping 82% of commuters know that the fastest way to get to work is by private automobile, preferably an SUV, and 12% of Canadians don’t agree. This makes the “12 percenter” Canadians ...

ALTAVISTAGOOGLE: Dubai Metro at 763km/hr !

ALTAVISTAGOOGLE: Ottawa light rail tunnel: a 1.2 billion dollar mistake