Using GIS to Examine Transportation Connectivity in Saskatchewan

Maryam Madani Larijani, Tymofii Nahornyi, Alexander M Crizzle


Transportation services (transit, bus, shuttles) in rural areas are critical for connecting to larger urban centers where social and health services are predominantly located. The province of Saskatchewan, Canada, is largely rural, and residents cite a lack of knowledge of what transportation services are currently available. Through conducting an environmental scan, we collected information on types of transport (public and private), modes of transportation, hours of operation, cost, booking, route information, geographic boundary, passenger capacity. This study used GIS to illustrate the transportation connectivity in Saskatchewan, including connectivity between all cities. The results showed that there are significant challenges in connecting rural areas with medium and large urban centers. Many communities do not have any transportation options, and those that do, are costly and restrictive in terms of routes and schedules. The geographical maps show the gaps in transportation connectivity. This information is important for policymakers and industry to show where connectivity can be improved.

Keywords: transportation, rural, GIS, geography

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The Journal of Rural and Community Development is supported by SSHRC.