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DavidW

Pilot Butte / Balgonie / White City commuter transit

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In 2014 STC conducted a public survey to gauge demand for a commuter bus service connecting Regina with three towns to the east, Balgonie, White City and Pilot Butte. The 2011 Census gives the following populations: Balgonie 1,625, White City 2,098, and Pilot Butte 1,848 for a service area population of 5,571 (2011 Census).
STC_Regina_Commuter_Survey.jpg

As shown in the screenshot of the survey, they proposed a single peak-hour, peak direction trip thus:

Morning inbound.

Pilot Butte Dep 6:55AM
Balgonie Arr 7:06AM
Dep 7:08AM
White City Arr 7:20AM
Dep 7:21AM
Regina SupSt. Arr 7:31AM (2055 Prince of Wales Dr)
Regina STC Arr 7:45AM

Evening Outbound

Regina STC Dep 5:00PM
Regina SupSt. Dep 5:15PM (2055 Prince of Wales Dr)
White City Arr 5:25PM
Dep 5:27PM
Balgonie Arr 5:39PM
Dep 5:41PM
Pilot Butte Arr 5:52PM

and they proposed a monthly pass costing $269.00.

I think it's interesting that they did it, but I think the proposal has a couple of misses. For one, why would they start in Pilot Butte and head east, away from Regina, to Balgonie before turning back westbound to pick up White City on the way into Regina? Wouldn't it make more sense to start in Balgonie, use secondary highway 624 between White City and Pilot Butte, and then enter Regina on highway 46? Secondly, for a commuter service I would serve the University of Regina. Students would be a significant market for a service like this.

Here would be my route:
ReginaCommuter-alternative.jpg

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