Saskatoon

'Lay off our Crowns': Saskatoon residents protest STC closure

'I’m a bus rider, not a Roughrider,' chanted protesters at the Saskatoon bus depot Friday afternoon as they rallied against the end of the Saskatchewan Transportation Company.

Freight and passenger bus service ends in May

Last week’s provincial budget brought the announcement that the STC would be shuttered after more than 70 years of continuous service. (Trevor Bothorel/CBC)

"I'm a bus rider, not a Roughrider," chanted protesters at the Saskatoon bus depot Friday as they rallied against the end of the Saskatchewan Transportation Company.

Last week's provincial budget brought the announcement that the bus company would be shuttered after more than 70 years of continuous service to some 200 communities.

Shelby Lyn Lowe says STC provided an alternative to the anxiousness and nervousness she would experience when getting into the driver's seat.

"I think the point of STC wasn't to make money, it was to serve the people," she said.

Cindy Hanson led dozens of people in chants like, 'Hey you clowns, lay off our Crowns.' (Trevor Bothorel/CBC)

Cindy Hanson stood behind a microphone, leading a crowd of people in chants like, "Hey you clowns, lay off our Crowns."

She said she helped organize the rally after seeing how many people wanted to do something about the closure.

"People in this province are very, very hurt and upset about what's going on," Hanson said.

She added that she thinks MLAs don't realize how much they're hurting their own constituents.

STC's freight service will end May 19, and passenger service will stop May 31.

Protesters gathered at the bus depot in Saskatoon for the latest rally against the shuttering of the STC bus service.

Clarifications

  • A previous version of this story stated there were dozens at the rally. The story has been changed to read there was a large crowd at the rally.
    Apr 02, 2017 7:11 AM CT

With files from Radio-Canada's Marc-Antoine Belanger

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