- Race Track Shuttle Service
- Winnipeg Transit Spring Service Change
- Reminder – no pennies or bills beginning February 1
- University of Winnipeg Spence Street Terminal Closure
- Transit Service to IKEA
- Budget 2013: Funding for Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor made a priority
- Transitway By-Law Rules
- Winnipeg Transit’s Open Data Web Service
Race Track Shuttle Service
Winnipeg Transit will not be operating the Assiniboia Downs Race Track Shuttle in 2013.
Reminder – no pennies or bills beginning February 1
Winnipeg Transit reminds all customers, effective February 1, 2013, pennies and bills will no longer be accepted on buses. The new policy goes into effect as the Department begins the first phase of a comprehensive fare collection system replacement project.
Winnipeg Transit will soon begin replacing the old, manual fareboxes on all 555 buses in its fleet with new, state-of-the-art, electronic fareboxes. The new boxes will not accept pennies or banknotes. Only Canadian or US coins of at least a nickel or higher denomination will be accepted. Coins will be validated and counted as they are dropped through the coin slot, while payment information will be presented visually on a display screen that is mounted on the top of the farebox. The decision to not equip the new boxes with banknote readers was made to speed passenger boardings and avoid mechanical problems that are often associated with banknote readers. Customers are also reminded that operators do not carry or make change.
Also effective February 1, 2013, a Blue Loonie will be worth one dollar off any cash fare on all Regular and Hand-Transit service. Blue Loonies are available at participating Downtown Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) merchants. To learn more about the Blue Loonie program visit the Downtown BIZ. Winnipeg Transit will continue to work with the Downtown BIZ to promote the downtown as a vibrant commercial district.
Phase two of the fare collection system, expected to be completed in late 2013, includes the introduction of new Smartcard technology that will replace tickets and paper passes. For more information you can visit Winnipeg Transit’s new fare collection system
University of Winnipeg Spence Street Terminal Closure
On Friday, February 1st, 2013, the University of Winnipeg Spence Street Terminal will be closed due to the construction of the University’s new Fieldhouse.
This re-route will be in effect until the summer when a new terminal will be constructed. Until that time Winnipeg Transit will run the following re-routes:
Buses to the University of Winnipeg
Routes 54, 57, and 59 (to Downtown) will reroute as follows:
Buses will operate regular route west on Portage to north on Balmoral Street and the on-street Balmoral terminal stop.
Routes 50, 53, 55, 56 and 68 (to Downtown) will reroute as follows:
Buses will operate regular route west on Portage turning south on Memorial to a temporary terminal in front of the Art Gallery.
Buses from the University of Winnipeg
Students leaving the University can catch Routes 50, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, and 68 (from Downtown) at stop 10579 – Eastbound Portage at Balmoral.
See our University of Winnipeg Spence Street Terminal Closure.pdf for details
Transit Service to IKEA
Beginning on Monday January 28th Winnipeg Transit will operate a shuttle bus between IKEA and Polo Park. Service will operate from 7:30pm – 10:45pm Monday through Saturday. Sunday/Holiday service will see buses operate from 8:00am – 10:20am and from 5pm – 7:15pm. See IKEA Shuttle map.pdf for route details and see the IKEA Shuttle schedule.pdf for departure times to and from the IKEA store.
Note: the IKEA shuttle will operate out of the route 78 stop (10822) at the Polo Park Terminal.
Regular Transit fares are in effect
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