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UPDATE: Saskatoon councillor considers partial transit service

With the transit lockout now in its fourth week, one Saskatoon city councillor is looking at ways of getting would be riders back on the bus.

Councillor Darren Hill is hoping union workers could run a limited express service in certain corridors of Saskatoon.

“There’s no way a partial service could introduce to every neighbourhood but where people would be able to either park and ride or get to a corridor so maybe 22nd Street all the way down the bus mall and maybe Idylwyld down to the bus mall,” Hill said.

No end to Saskatoon transit lockout as sides remain "very long ways apart"

Despite a third week of negotiations and the help of a prominent mediator, the City of Saskatoon and the transit union “remain a very long ways apart” on a new contract to end the lockout and bring back buses.

The city and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) local 615 met again on Friday, with the help of mediator Vince Ready, to try and get buses running after the Thanksgiving long weekend but were unsuccessful in finding common ground.

Saskatoon Muslims offer free rides for Thanksgiving weekend

A local Muslim group is reaching out during the Saskatoon transit lockout.
"We have three volunteers who are volunteering along with their cars," said Naveed Alvi with the Prairie Muslim Association.

Saskatoon can expect fewer potholes next year

Investing more in this summer's construction should mean fewer potholes next spring.

“When you look at all the roadwork that we did this year, if you took the same spring and applied it to that road network there is no question there would be fewer potholes,” Jeff Jorgenson, general manager of transportation and utilities with the City of Saskatoon said.

“The road network that we have now is going to be much more resilient to the kind of spring conditions that cause potholes.”

Saskatoon Food bank starts deliveries due to transit lockout

This week in Saskatoon, some tow trucks were transporting more than broken down vehicles.

Shawn Hill and his tow truck drivers work on contract for Astro Towing. He said as soon as he heard the Saskatoon Food Bank needed help delivering hampers, he wanted to step up.

About a quarter of the people who use Saskatoon's food bank rely on the bus and with the transit lockout, they haven't been able to get food.

Saskatoon group sets up own bridge naming contest

After city councillors slammed a city report suggesting the city needed $30,000 to set up a naming contest for the Circle Drive South Bridge, a group in Saskatoon set up its own contest.

Wednesday the group behind the OurYXE podcast launched, a site where Saskatoon residents can submit ideas for what Saskatoon's newest bridge should go by.

Update: In-person transit refund locations open

Saskatoon bus riders looking for an in-person refund on their September bus pass can do so starting Wednesday.

In-person customers will be issued a cash card or cheque at several locations throughout Saskatoon.

Sunrise Cappo, who goes to school downtown was one of the first people to get her refund at the bus mall terminal.

Lines drawn for 33rd Street BID

Lines are drawn for the 33rd Street Business Improvement District (BID), expected to be up and running next year.

On Monday the city’s standing policy committee on planning, development and community services approved proposed boundaries for Saskatoon’s newest BID.  The boundaries will be from Avenue G to Alberta Avenue on 33rd Street.

For business owner Marie Gould, this is a big step forward to cleaning up the area.

Saskatoon transit lockout worries small business

As the transit lockout continues in Saskatoon, a small business in the city has seen a significant drop in customers.

"We're noticing in the last two-and-a-half weeks, a decline between 45 to 50 per cent every single day in sales," Sheena Hubelit, owner of Sangster's Organic Market in Blairmore, said.

Hubelit said it's getting tougher to make ends meet and she's worried if the transit lockout drags on, her business might not survive.

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