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Main Street Diamond Lane Study

Transit Priority Diamond Lanes were installed on Main Street in 2009 as part of Winnipeg Transit’s On-Street Transit Priority Program. These diamond lanes reserve the curb lane for transit vehicles during rush hour periods, with the southbound curb lane on Main Street being restricted to transit vehicles from 7:00AM to 9:00AM, and the northbound curb lane from 3:30PM to 5:30PM.

To see an overview of the current Main Street Diamond lane layout click on the Main Street Diamond lane overhead view.pdf

Transit and our consultant, Dillon Consulting, are reviewing the diamond lane to respond to concerns raised by the public.

Public Engagement

Thank you to all who attended the stakeholder meetings on May 26, 2016.

If you have questions about the project, please contact Adam Prokopanko at (204) 453-2301 or :aprokopanko@dillon.ca.

Background

Main Street Diamond lane line drawing overhead view.jpg

Between 2006 and 2009 a number of transit improvements were constructed on several major arterial routes as part of the City of Winnipeg’s On-Street Transit Priority Program. This program involved constructing transit priority improvements to improve transit service. In 2009, Transit priority diamond lanes were installed on Main Street. In the northbound direction, these reserve the curb lane for transit vehicles during the PM rush hour periods (between 3:30 PM and 5:30 PM). During this time, parking is prohibited in the curb lane. In addition, a transit stop was relocated on the east side of Main Street (northbound) from south of Euclid Avenue to north of Euclid Avenue to allow for Transit Route 16 to have priority over vehicles and facilitate a westbound left turn from Main Street to westbound Selkirk Avenue.

In 2015, a number of business owners approached the City with concerns related to the impact on business due to a lack of parking on Main Street and the surrounding area during the afternoon rush hour as a result of the transit diamond lanes, and concern over the loss of parking as a result of the relocated transit stop location at Main Street & Euclid Avenue.
On November 3rd, 2015 the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works directed the Public Service to study the existing situation to determine what the potential impacts to transit and transportation operations may occur if the diamond lane was altered or removed, and to engage with area stakeholders to receive their input.

Winnipeg Transit has retained Dillon Consulting to conduct the Main Street Diamond Lane Study. The study will consist of two parts:

  1. Stakeholder engagement with area businesses, residents, organizations, and special interest groups to hear their views and concerns (if any) of the existing diamond lane, and what potential changes (if any) should be made;
  2. Modeling and analysis of the existing street configuration, and a revised street design without the transit priority lane, to better understand what the impacts on vehicular and transit traffic might be.

After public engagement takes place Winnipeg Transit will review the study and report back to the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works in late Summer or Fall 2016. Further action or next steps (if any) will then need to go to the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works for approval.