Saskatchewan

Regina ending bus-only lanes in the downtown

The City of Regina is doing away with rush hour bus-only lanes downtown to make traffic flow more smoothly.

Idea is to get traffic moving more smoothly on 11th, 12th Avenues

During rush hours, there are dedicated bus lanes in downtown Regina, but that's ending later this year. (Dean Gutheil/CBC)

The City of Regina is doing away with rush hour bus-only lanes downtown to make traffic flow more smoothly.

Right now, there are bus lanes next to the curbs on 11th Avenue and 12th Avenue between Broad and Albert Streets.

When they're in operation (from 7-8:30 a.m. CST and from 3:30-5:30 p.m.) cars have to stay in their own lane and buses get the other.

The result is some cars and vans get stuck behind other vehicles that are trying to make a left turn.

The city hopes to remedy that by eliminating bus-only lanes and letting cars detour around the vehicles that want to turn.

The changes are expected to go into effect in the fall, but Regina City Council gave the go-ahead last night at its regular meeting.

One councillor, Ward 3's Shawn Fraser, noted that some 2,600 people commute to the downtown every day. He's worried the change will have a negative impact on Regina Transit.

"My concern is, by removing those bus lanes, it's actually going to make it worse, potentially, for everyone," Fraser said.

City staff said they will report back later on how the changes are working.

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