SGI and Regina Transit offer free bus and paratransit service on New Year’s Eve: Partnership to keep people safe in its 24th year
Dec. 13, 2011
The Ding in the New Year program, sponsored by SGI and operated by Regina Transit, provides free bus and paratransit service to partygoers on New Year’s Eve. This year’s service operates from 7 p.m. on December 31 to 2:15 a.m. on January 1. Buses will travel regular routes throughout the city.
"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 Pat Fiacco. "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 wants to ensure residents can always plan a safe ride home,” said SGI President and CEO Andrew Cartmell. “We proudly support Ding in the New Year as part of our strategy to prevent impaired driving and we hope the public uses this great service when they ring in 2012.”
"The speed and ease with which we can contact each other these days leaves absolutely zero excuse to drive impaired," said Police Chief Troy Hagen. "Thanks to SGI and the City of Regina, Ding in the New Year makes it even easier to choose a safe ride home."
Route information and schedule times are available online at Regina.ca and an information flyer will be delivered to all homes before Christmas with the Regina Sun Community News. Riders can plan their trip calling the Ride Line at 777-RIDE (7433). The Line will be open until 2:15 p.m. They can also use the new pilot TransitLive option using their phone to track the exact arrival of the bus or check the Trip Planner option at Regina.ca to plan ahead.
Ding in the New Year is sponsored by SGI, the City of Regina, and long-time sponsors Z99, JACK FM, NewsTalk 980, the Leader Post, CTV and Printwest.
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.
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