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The City of Regina is expanding a transit route to better serve the eastern Aurora area of the city.
The area includes some of Regina’s busiest businesses, including Costco, Landmark Cinemas, Staples and more.
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As of August 28, the Victoria Express route 50 now extends east down Victoria Avenue, terminating in Aurora.
The route will stretch from Lorne Street and Victoria Avenue to Aurora Boulevard and Anaquod Road, with a number of stops including downtown, Victoria Square Mall, Superstore East and Costco.
Brad Bells, the city’s transportation director, said the trail is a much-needed service that people have been asking for.
“Both the workers and residents in the public, they wanted us here,” Bells said. “And they’re very excited to have a service today and we’ve already seen some riders.”
The route will run from Monday to Saturday from 06:00 to 01:00 and Sunday and holidays from 08:00 to 18:00
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The city also announced that all youth 13 and under can now ride transit for free.
“This was one of our recommendations from the transit master plan that was approved by council in the summer,” Bells said. “We feel that if we can give opportunities to our youth, they will become lifelong members of transit.”
Youth under 13 will not need ID to ride for free.
Bells said free rides for youth are done in many other municipalities in Canada. He hopes offering the service in Regina will help families who might not otherwise be able to afford transit.
“That was one of the deterrents we heard from families, you’d have a family with four kids and you couldn’t pay,” Bells said. “Now if you can take your family for free, it was much more affordable. So we expect ridership for the 13 and under to increase from what we saw when we charged a fee.”
More route information and schedules can be found on the City of Regina website.
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