Downtown bus problems

The City of Regina says there are some problems with the bus system downtown and it's trying to fix them. (Google Street View)

The City of Regina is looking to spend $200,000 trying to fix bus problems downtown.

Downtown is major transfer point for people to switch from one bus route to another, but there's not a lot of room along 11th Avenue near the Cornwall centre.

According to an administration report that goes to City Hall today, some downtown businesses aren't happy with people loitering in store lobbies while waiting for their buses.

Concerns have also been expressed about littering, bus congestion and crowded sidewalks.

The city's proposed plan involves a number of changes:

  • moving one bus stop on 11th Avenue from the Old City Hall Mall to a less-congested spot between Lorne and Cornwall streets.
  • putting more garbage receptacles at bus stops.
  • creating another bus transfer "hub" on Lorne St. between 11th and 12th avenues, to take some of the congestion off 11th Avenue.
  • making bus shelters more attractive so people won't use store entrances.
  • a public education campaign to tell people to stop loitering inside store entrances and littering.
  • enhanced security patrols to deal to deal with concerns about safety.

City administrators have considered and rejected other ideas, including downtown shuttle buses that would cost $550,000 a year.

The $200,000 that's part of the recommendation is to come out of the city's general reserve fund.

The executive committee, which is city council in committee form, is expected to vote on the plan at a meeting that begins at 11:45 a.m. CST.

Council will have final say at its April 14 meeting.