While some may question the City of Saskatoon’s move to purchase 20-year-old buses, there’s a rare breed of tourists salivating over the city’s acquisition.
“Unlike most tourists I don’t go to a place to go check out the sights; I’m a think-outside-the-box kind of guy," Elton McFall, 38, from Montreal said. "I’m just amused to be in a place and watch the kind of traffic. I came to Saskatoon to check all that out and I was aware that because of the dry climate, vehicles don’t rust so there are a lot of old buses.”
Drivers who commute along Ring Road in north Regina are getting frustrated waiting for trains during rush hour.
Trent Oppeboen was among the long line of drivers stuck in a traffic jam for 15 minutes between Albert Street and Park Street Friday morning.
“Then when I got to Park Street, there was another train but (it) was just pulling ahead and backing up again,” he said. Oppeboen said the issue happens all too often during rush hour.
“Oh I’d have to say five to eight times a month,” he said.
A busy highway linking Saskatchewan and Alberta is the next to get passing lanes in the province.
The provincial and federal governments are sharing the cost of the project that will see four sets of passing lanes built on Highway 7 between Delisle and Rosetown. The estimated cost is $7.6 million split evenly.
"We've really seen a need for this. We were actually going after twinning, that was our dream, but these passing lanes are a major advance to the safety on Highway 7," Rosetown Mayor Brian Gerow said.
This summer has seen 22 deaths on Saskatchewan highways with six people killed over the September long weekend alone.
“Obviously the latest one, the Labour Day weekend was quite tragic for us," said Staff Sergeant Stephane Caron is the unit commander for traffic services for central and northern Saskatchewan. "This year was actually fairly high compared to previous years."
Regina transit riders could be paying a bit more to ride the city's buses soon as City Council looks at raising fares.
On Himpe, Don and Sam Maciag Tuesday morning, Mayor Michael Fougere explained a committee with council is recommending fares rise by 25 cents.
"Costs go up and costs have to be paid for, either by the user or the general tax base, and the strategy is to have that increase this year."
Currently the cash fare for an adult on Regina's buses is $2.50.
A Saskatoon businessman’s complaint over the new SGI distracted driving laws has prompted a review from the provincial government.
“We've been inundated with emails and phone calls from Canada Post and other businesses that could be affected by this and people are very concerned this could happen to them,” Kevin Boychuk said.
Drivers in Saskatchewan will have six more ways to check out highway conditions before heading out on the road.
Six new roadside cameras can now be viewed on the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline website. The additions were first announced in November 2013 and were finally up and running by Wednesday morning.
The wheels are finally in motion to twin Highway 39 in Saskatchewan's south east.
On Tuesday, the province announced pre-design work has started on an eight kilometre stretch between Estevan and Bienfait. It's the first step towards actually twinning the first portion of Highway 39 - something some drivers in the area have been demanding for years.
Marge Young is part of the ‘Time to Twin’ group which has been lobbying for Highways 6 and 39 to be twinned for several years. She says this is a great step forward for the government.
United Airlines is clipping the wings of its daily direct flights from Saskatoon to Chicago effective October 1 and from Regina to Chicago effective October 25.
The airline said in a statement the flights "didn't meet our expectations" and passengers currently booked to fly those routes later this fall will be contacted to re-book or given a refund.
Stephen Maybury, president and CEO of the Saskatoon Airport Authority, said the news came as a surprise because that flight was constantly busy.
SGI is reminding drivers to ease up on the gas pedal after more than 4,000 speeding tickets were handed out last month in a province-wide traffic blitz.
Speeding-related offences included: