Fans using the free bus service to Mosaic Stadium for Saskatchewan Roughrider games won’t have the Normanview Crossing location available for the upcoming season.
Normanview’s manager Terri Klyne confirmed they have decided to opt out.
“The centre just doesn’t have the number of parking spaces required,” she said.
She explained there wasn’t enough room for both those fans who were coming and parking before taking transit to the game and for those individuals who were simply coming to the area to go to businesses.
Klyne said some businesses benefited from the extra traffic before and after the game.
“We also received some feedback from some of our tenants who did not see a benefit but, in fact heard from their customers saying ‘We couldn’t get to you because there was no parking available,'” she said.
“Some are negatively affected.”
A new location has been added for the 2018 season, which riders can find in the Warehouse District at Sixth Avenue and Hamilton Street by the old Sears outlet just off of Broad Street.
For those in the north end, the city said fans can still use the other locations, including Northgate Mall.
“We did try to find other locations closer to the Normanview Mall or to the northwest corner. We were unsuccessful,” said Brad Bells, director of Regina Transit services.
Victoria Square Mall, Southland Mall and the downtown make up the other pickup zones.
An average of 1,143 passengers used the Normanview location in 2017. That was the lowest of the five locations, according to figures from city hall.
Bells said ridership has increased, surpassing their expectations. He said in 2016, they had around 1,000 people going to the old Taylor Field each game. The city predicted for new Mosaic Stadium they’d have 3,000 using the service, but anywhere between 6,000 and 8,000 customers used the stadium shuttle for each event.
Council recently voted to approve the number of service hours transit offers to fans going to Rider games from 155 to 350.