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Saskatoon buys 10 new buses totalling $4.63M

City council approved the purchase of 10 brand new Nova buses Monday, coming in at a cool $4.63 million.

“It’ll be about $430,000 (each) plus the components we need to put into them, such as fare boxes and radios,” director of Saskatoon Transit Bob Howe said. “We’d be looking to see them on the road probably by late May, early June of 2015.”

Balgonie residents want province to curb Trans-Can accidents

A group of Balgonie residents want something to be done to curb accidents along an infamous stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway near their community.

Accidents are not uncommon in the section of road where the Number 1 meets Highway 46 and Main Street and some have fatal results.

“We’ve always needed an overpass. I’ve been here 50 years and we’ve needed one for at least the last 20,” resident Jeff Best said.

Chicago fire impacts Saskatoon flight

A fire that shut down both of Chicago's airports caused problems that reached all the way to Saskatoon.

Tyler Bradley was on a flight scheduled to depart for Chicago from the John G. Diefenbaker International Airport around 7 a.m. Friday.

"Right at the time of departure - five minutes before - we started to hear news of this.  Just very vague details."

Bradley and the others on the flight were told to go home and then return to the airport later in the day.

PHOTOS: 1 man dead after Hwy 1 crash at Balgonie

RCMP officers were on the scene of a crash east of Regina on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Mounties were called around 1:30 p.m. Thursday to the scene of a two-vehicle crash that happened on Highway 1 at Balgonie. A semi and SUV were involved in the crash.

Facebook page arranges rides during transit lockout

With buses not running in Saskatoon because of a transit lockout, a new Facebook page has been created to connect people willing to give rides with those who need them.

"I thought that based on the number of vehicles on the road with only one person in them, that there was an opportunity to try and connect those who are looking to get around the city with those who have an extra spot available in their vehicle," Doug Ramage, the creator of YXE Share-a-Ride, said.

Police ticket Sask. speeders, distracted drivers in August

Saskatchewan people continue to drive while using cell phones and police are catching them.

In August, 228 people were ticketed for using a cell phone while driving, 21 of whom were caught in a two-day period in Estevan.
 
Police in Saskatchewan were focusing on cell phone use in August, though that didn't mean they weren't looking out for other infractions. Ninety-one tickets were issued for driving without due care and attention, 206 people were ticketed for seatbelt violations, and 93 people were given tickets for impaired driving.
 

Highway crews repair damage at Belle Plaine overpass

The drive from Regina to Moose Jaw is going to take more time for the next few weeks as highway crews begin repairing a small landslide on the Belle Plaine overpass.

“The slide is caused by really wet conditions this year which we’ve had across the province. It saturated the embankment causing the land to slide a little bit,” explained Joel Cherry, a communications consultant for the Ministry of Highways. 

He says highway crews will use a different material to repair the embankment.

Saskatoon bus drivers locked out, bus service stops


Thousands of Saskatoon bus riders will be forced to find other modes of transportation until further notice  after contract negotiations between the City and transit union broke down again Saturday.

The City of Saskatoon announced last-minute negotiations with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 615 had failed to produce a contract agreement.

U of S plans for Saskatoon transit lockout

The University of Saskatchewan has drawn up a contingency plan if Saskatoon Transit services are suspended Monday morning.

The plan was revealed just hours after a lockout of transit workers was expected to take effect because of an on-going labour dispute.

PHOTOS: Students, royal watchers meet Prince Edward

Any day you get an award is a pretty special day, but to get that award from royalty is a once in a lifetime moment. 

His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex continued his three day royal tour of Saskatchewan with a stop at RCMP Depot Division and Government House in Regina.

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