Ding in the New Year with free transit service on New Year's Eve
Dec. 19, 2016
On New Year's Eve, the ride is on us!
There is never an excuse for drinking and driving. Saskatoon Transit and Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) have partnered to provide free transit and Access Transit service on New Year's Eve. Enjoy yourself this New Year's Eve, and don't worry about driving because the ride's on us!
"Impaired driving has been top of mind in Saskatchewan as we have needlessly lost so many lives because someone made the decision to drink and drive," says Joe Hargrave, Minister Responsible for SGI. "During last year's holiday season, seven people were killed and 33 others were hurt in 119 crashes involving an impaired driver. Let's not allow that to happen again this year. For your New Year's resolution — and every day of the year — please promise, 'I will never drink and drive.'"
Free bus service, which normally starts at 8:00 p.m., will start at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 31 to ensure residents have a safe ride to the "YXE-NYE-150" event which celebrates Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation at Kiwanis Memorial Park (Spadina Crescent East). Free transit service will run until 2:45 a.m. (times may vary slightly by route).
Customers can wait at regular stops or flag down a bus at any point along the route, if they are in need of a ride. When flagging a bus please use caution: stand on the curb at a safe place for the bus to stop and raise your hand to get the operators' attention.
"We are thankful that SGI has partnered with us again this year to provide free service," says Jim McDonald, Director of Saskatoon Transit. "There is no reason for drinking and driving, especially on New Year's Eve. We strongly encourage residents to jump on the bus to get to and from their destination."
Please Note: Route 14 will not be running to the North Industrial area after 7:00 p.m.
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 nearly 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.