Regina Transit and SGI offer free transit and paratransit service on New Year's Eve
December 5, 2012
The Ding in the New Year program operated by Regina Transit and sponsored by SGI, marks 25 years of providing free bus and paratransit service to residents on New Year's Eve. This year's service operates from 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 2:15 a.m. on Jan. 1.
"New Year's Eve is a new beginning that should not involve drinking and then making a decision to get into a vehicle and endanger yourself, your passengers or someone else on the road," said Mayor Michael Fougere. "The right decision is to plan a safe ride home - to look at your options. One of them is to take a free ride on Regina Transit."
“SGI is proud to once again support Ding in the New Year,” Regina Qu'Appelle Valley MLA Laura Ross said, on behalf of Minister responsible for SGI Donna Harpauer. “Alcohol is still the number one contributing factor in fatal collisions in Saskatchewan and this is one way we can help make it easier for people to plan a safe ride home.
“With today's technology, there's absolutely no reason you can't arrange a safe ride home at any time”, said Regina Police Service Deputy Chief Bob Morin, “On New Year's Eve, it's even easier to get home safely by using Ding In the New Year's free transit service.”
Certain routes will be operating for Ding in the New Year. Check your route and schedule times online at Regina.ca and an information flyer will be delivered to all homes with the Sunday Post. Riders can plan their trip calling the Ride Line at 777-RIDE (7433). The Line will be open until 2:15 a.m. They can also use the pilot TransitLive on their smart phone to track the exact arrival of the bus.
Ding in the New Year is sponsored by the City of Regina, SGI and long-time sponsors Z99, JACK FM, NewsTalk 980, the Leader Post, CTV and Printwest. 60 transit operators are working Ding in the New Year and 2015 passengers used the service last year.
Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is the province's self-sustaining auto insurance fund. SGI operates 21 claims centres and five salvage centres across Saskatchewan with a head office in Regina. SGI also works with a network of over 400 motor licence issuers across the province. Customers can now do some transactions online. Look for the MySGI link under Online Services on your motor licence issuer's website or SGI's website.