Saskatoon Transit Increases Accessibility For Riders

More Good News For Our Community

In partnership with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, as part of an
ongoing effort to increase accessibility and provide riders with improved
service, Saskatoon Transit is pleased to announce Automatic Announcements on
City buses. This automated service provides a verbal announcement and visual
cue of an upcoming bus stop, ensuring that riders do not miss their
destination.

"Transit needs to be accessible to all," says Jim McDonald, Director of
Saskatoon Transit. "Working with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
has helped us to identify ways to increase accessibility for riders.
Automated Announcements benefit visually impaired riders, new residents who
don't know the city yet, students venturing out on their own for the first
time, senior citizens who require assistance, or day-to-day riders who want
another way to be notified of their stop."

Currently, the system is active on over 95 per cent of the buses on regular
routes, encompassing over 1,500 stops and landmarks throughout the City. A
planned future enhancement to the Automated Announcements service is the
addition of adjoining connections, which will make it even easier for new
and experienced Saskatoon Transit riders to reach their destinations.

"Saskatoon Transit has demonstrated a significant commitment to providing
accessible transit services to the citizens of Saskatoon with the addition
of an Automated Announcement system," said David Arnot, Chief Commissioner
of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. "The Commission was pleased to
collaborate with Saskatoon Transit on this project, and we remain ready to
provide proactive assistance to them as they work to improve the overall
accessibility of bus services."

Additional accessibility features on all new buses include:
. A front kneeling system that allows the bus to lower to curb height
for devices such as baby strollers;
. An extendable flip-up ramp to ease boarding of wheelchairs and
walkers;
. Extra wide entrance areas that make it easier to navigate into and
out of the bus;
. A mobility area with flip-up seats and floor anchors to secure
mobility devices;
. A light and colour scheme designed to assist visually impaired
riders; and
. Digital signage that displays stop locations and stop requests to
ensure hearing impaired riders are aware of important destinations.

"Accessibility is essential to our customers' satisfaction," says McDonald.
"As well, we remain committed to working with community groups and our
stakeholders to make sure we will continue to provide the citizens of
Saskatoon with the transit service that meets their needs."

For more information about Saskatoon Transit, visit transit.saskatoon.ca or
follow @StoonTransit on Twitter. You can also plan your route in advance
using any of the following tools: Saskatoon Transit Trip Planner, Google
Transit Trip Planner, or the Transit App on your mobile device.