- Winnipeg Transit achieves outstanding results as part of independent benchmarking
- Province, City announce funding to extend Rapid Transit into Southwest Winnipeg
- Winnipeg Transit’s first articulated buses have arrived
- Budget 2013: Funding for Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor made a priority
- Transitway By-Law Rules
- Winnipeg Transit’s Open Data Web Service
Winnipeg Transit achieves outstanding results as part of independent benchmarking
High Operational efficiency reported for Winnipeg Transit
Friday, December 6, 2013
Winnipeg, MB – The Ontario Municipal Benchmarking Initiative (OMBI) recently released data from their 2012 Performance Measurement Report and Winnipeg Transit ranked as a top performer.
Winnipeg Transit has scored exceptionally well as a national leader in the provision of Transit service, and was ranked best for its performance pertaining to cost measures, as well as having amongst the lowest operating subsidies.
“We are extremely pleased with the results presented in this report,” said Dave Wardrop, Director of Winnipeg Transit. “Regular benchmarking against other municipalities allows us to evaluate and improve our performance in service areas that matter to our customers and taxpayers.” “Despite enjoying recognition from an independent benchmarking authority such as OMBI, we look forward to achieving further improvements in the value and effectiveness of service delivery to Winnipeggers.”
Highlights from OMBI 2012 Performance Measurement Report
Lowest Transit Operating Cost per Vehicle Hour
- Winnipeg Transit’s average operating cost per hour is the lowest in the study group and 29% lower than the municipal average; an indicator of exceptionally efficient Transit service delivery.
Lowest Transit Operating Costs per Passenger
- Winnipeg Transit’s operating cost per passenger was ranked lowest and was 39% lower than the average municipality; an indicator of the effective application of Transit service and available resources.
Low Transit Operating Subsidies
- Winnipeg Transit’s Operating Revenue/Cost ratio was 37% higher than the average municipality. Given Winnipeg’s comparatively low fares, this is an indicator of the public benefit realized by cost effective Transit service delivery.
To read all of Winnipeg Transit’s results, visit 2012 – OMBI Performance Measurement Report.pdf
Province, City announce funding to extend Rapid Transit into Southwest Winnipeg
Project expanded to include more lanes at Pembina-Jubilee Underpass
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Winnipeg, MB – The Government of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg announced funding today to build the second phase of rapid transit in southwest Winnipeg and redevelop the Pembina-Jubilee Underpass to include additional vehicle and bike lanes, with each government providing up to $225 million toward the integrated project and seeking federal funding for the balance, Premier Greg Selinger and Mayor Sam Katz said.
“Each day more and more people are making the move to Manitoba. The City of Winnipeg is expected to reach a population of one million within the next 20 years and the hallmark of any thriving big city is a modern, efficient public transit system,” said Premier Selinger. “Building rapid transit will mean good jobs to get the work done and it will connect families with opportunities across this great city, well into the future.”
“Rapid Transit provides faster, more reliable transit service while helping to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions as well as congestion on regional streets,” said Mayor Katz. “Today’s announcement for Stage 2 of the Southwest Transitway helps complete the vision of a rapid transit corridor from the downtown to the southwest regions of Winnipeg, substantially increasing the competitiveness of transit for thousands of Winnipeggers. With this announcement, the City of Winnipeg will continue its focus on the development of a rapid transit network across Winnipeg with additional projects such as the Eastern Rapid Transit Corridor.”
The premier and the mayor noted that combining the Pembina-Jubilee Underpass work with the rapid transit work is expected to speed up construction on both projects by at least two years and reduce disruption for families and businesses while they are built.
The seven-kilometre second phase of rapid transit in the city will run from Pembina Highway and Jubilee Avenue to southwest Winnipeg. Public consultations, and design and engineering work on the project are underway with construction scheduled to be completed in 2019.
The mayor noted the investment from the Manitoba government allows the City of Winnipeg to proceed with its application to the Government of Canada for the outstanding 25 per cent of project costs through the P3 Canada Fund. It will also allow the city to address storm-water and drainage issues in the underpass.
“The extension of bus rapid transit service to our Fort Garry campus is critical to the future of our university community,” said David Barnard, president and vice-chancellor, University of Manitoba. “It will provide students, faculty and staff a fast, safe and environmentally sustainable means of getting to the university. It also makes our university more accessible to people who come to our campus for sporting events, concerts, gallery exhibits, public lectures and a variety of other activities that enhance the vibrancy of our city.”
The premier noted in addition to supporting investments in a new rapid transit corridor, the Manitoba government will continue to fund 50 per cent of Winnipeg Transit’s operating costs.
Winnipeg Transit’s first articulated buses have arrived
Expansion of Transit fleet will help avoid pass-ups and overcrowding
Winnipeg, MB – To improve service to the public by helping to avoid pass-ups and overcrowding, Winnipeg Transit’s first articulated buses have arrived and will be in service on City streets in the coming weeks.
Winnipeg Transit purchased 20 pre-owned, 60-foot articulated buses from New Flyer Industries at less than 10 per cent of their new cost of $625,000. The negotiated purchase price of $53,000 (plus PST) per vehicle included delivery to Winnipeg and approximately $11,500 per bus of refurbishment to be undertaken by New Flyer Industries.
An articulated bus is a single-deck designed vehicle used in public transportation which comprises two rigid sections linked by a pivoting joint. They are also commonly referred to as tandem or stretch buses.
An articulated bus can carry over 40 per cent more passengers than a regular bus; most Winnipeg Transit buses seat 38 people while articulated buses seat 54. This additional capacity will allow Transit to provide improved levels of service during peak periods with fewer operators and buses than would be possible using regular 40-foot buses. Overall, this will result in lower costs and fuel consumption per passenger.
Renewed growth in Transit demand has steadily consumed the current Transit system’s capacity to the point where pass-ups and overcrowding have become a frequent occurrence. The articulated buses will be dispatched during weekday peak periods to augment existing service and alleviate overcrowding and pass-ups. Operating articulated buses for seven hours each weekday would relieve many instances of peak period overcrowding on several of the City’s most heavily used routes.
Budget 2013: Funding for Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor made a priority
Additional budget set aside for Eastern Rapid Transit design work
Winnipeg, MB Mayor Sam Katz today announced that the City’s share of the funds required for the completion of the second phase of the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor will be identified in the 2013 Capital Budget and 2014-2018 Capital Budget Forecast.
The preliminary, high-level estimate for the completion of the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor is $350 million. The City of Winnipeg will set aside $10 million and $127.5 million over two years of funding in the 2014 and 2015 Capital Budget Forecasts, respectively, subject to funding commitments from the other two levels of government.
“I am committed to completing the second phase of bus rapid transit,” said Mayor Sam Katz. “Rapid transit is another way to reduce traffic congestion on regional streets while giving our citizens improved transportation options. In a growing city like Winnipeg, we need a balanced approach, which includes funding for regional roads and for rapid transit.”
The 2013 Capital Budget will also earmark a further $1.1 million to put towards design work of future rapid transit corridors, including the Eastern Rapid Transit Corridor, contingent upon matching partner funding from the Province of Manitoba.
“One of the concerns we’ve heard about previous Capital Budgets is that we have not formally allocated funds to continue the development of rapid transit in Winnipeg,” said Deputy Mayor Russ Wyatt, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Finance. “We have heard those concerns and are addressing them today with our commitment to finishing what we’ve started.”
“We are committed to improving the transportation infrastructure in our city,” said Councillor Dan Vandal, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure and Public Works. “With the first phase of rapid transit complete, it’s now time to demonstrate our commitment to completing the second phase of the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor and to start the planning for the Eastern Rapid Transit Corridor.”
Open houses were held in September for the public to review and provide feedback on the alignment options for Stage 2 of the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor.
The Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor extension is part of the City of Winnipeg’s Transportation Master Plan, a companion document to OurWinnipeg.
1) Transitway and Station
All persons shall comply with all lawful orders or directives of any Winnipeg Police Service officer or a Winnipeg Transit Supervisor.
No person, unless authorized by the Director of Transit, shall engage in the following activities:
- Operation, parking or stopping of a vehicle on the Transitway
- Walking on the Transitway, except at designated pedestrian crossings or entrance points
- Riding a bicycle on the Transitway roadway
- Rollerblading or skateboarding on the Transitway roadway
- Interfering with the operation or provision of Transit service
- Occupying or creating a physical obstruction at stations, platforms or Transit roadway areas
- Behaving in a manner that causes danger to another person
- Permitting a live animal within the Transitway (except service dogs)
- Commercial activity (such as the selling of food, clothing, newspapers or other materials)
- Filming or video/audio recording
- Distributing any leaflets or newspapers
- Posting any signs
- Behaving in a manner that causes annoyance, alarm or inconvenience to a reasonable person
- Panhandling or begging
- Disruptive sounds or loud noises
- Consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs
- Throwing of projectiles
2. Weapons and explosives
The following are prohibited anywhere in the Transitway and Stations:
- Weapons, including firearms, knives and incapacitating agents, or any other device intended for use as a weapon
- Open flames such as lighter or torch
- Explosives, including fireworks
3. Fines and Penalties
- Any person who contravenes the Transitway By-Law/Rules is subject to a fine of up to $500.
4. Ejection and Suspension-of-Service (Banning)
- Any person who is observed by an enforcement officer to be violating the Transitway By-Law or any of Transitway rules is subject to ejection and being banned from using the Transit System.
Pursuant to Section 8(4) of the City of Winnipeg Transitway By-Law 49/2012, these rules are effective as of Thursday, May 10, 2012.
Winnipeg Transit’s Open Data Web Service
Winnipeg Transit has outfitted its fleet with iBUS technology that includes on-board GPS tracking, automated schedule adherence monitoring, “next stop” displays/announcements, route destination announcements for waiting passengers when a bus pulls up to a bus stop, and a security camera system. The bus radio communication system automatically relays data about any schedule deviations recorded by the buses to a central database. This continuously updated database reflects the current status of all transit service and is used to broadcast “real-time” transit information to passengers through the following channels:
|Website||winnipegtransit.com (includes Navigo trip planner, route and stop timetables, and detailed information about stops, routes, fares, etc.)|
|BUSguide||Mobile website m.winnipegtransit.com for Internet-enabled mobile devices|
|TeleBUS||Telephone interactive voice response system that reports upcoming bus departures for a specified stop|
|BUStxt||SMS text messaging application that reports upcoming bus departures, finds the nearest stops, and more|
|BUSwatch||Electronic displays at major stops that show upcoming bus departures from the stop|
|BUSgadget||A downloadable application from www.winnipegtransit.com that counts down a stop’s bus departures on a desktop or mobile device|
|Twitter Feeds||“Transitalerts” and “Winnipeg Transit” feeds about service status, detours, and upcoming service changes|
Winnipeg Transit’s data is now publicly available through an Open Data Web Service that allows developers to create third-party apps for any mobile (iPhones and Android devices) or desktop platform. Programmers can now create new applications for passengers that supplement the ones already developed by Winnipeg Transit.
For more information or to sign up please visit our Open Data Web Service