- Province, City announce funding to extend Rapid Transit into Southwest Winnipeg
- Winnipeg Transit presents the Santa Bus
- University Service Reduction
- 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
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 presents the Santa Bus
Starting Sunday, December 1 and continuing until Tuesday, December 24, Winnipeg Transit’s Santa Bus will be on the road collecting cash donations for the Christmas Cheer Board. The Santa Bus features larger than life images of the jolly old man himself along with all his happy reindeer on the exterior of bus #829.
“Last year the Santa Bus collected $13,000 for the Christmas Cheer Board and we’re ho-ho-hoping to collect even more this year,” said Mr. Claus. All cash fares and donations collected on the Santa Bus go directly to the Christmas Cheer Board.
Look for the Santa Bus on the following routes:
•11 Portage-Kildonan (December 1 – 7)
•16 Osborne-Selkirk (December 8 – 14)
•19 Marion (December 15 – 21)
•18 Corydon (December 22 – 24)
Try BUStxt if you want to know exactly where the Santa Bus is at any time. BUStxt provides you with real-time transit information, anywhere, anytime, using the texting features of your mobile device. Just text 287898, enter Bus 829 then press send. BUStxt will text you back in just a few seconds to let you know which route the Santa Bus is on plus the time it will be arriving at its next stop.
University Service Reduction
Winnipeg Transit will be operating reduced Transit service from Thursday December 5th through Friday January 3rd while the University is on break.
The following routes will see some service reduction during this time:
- 36 Northwest Super Express
- 60 Pembina
- 75 Crosstown East
- 78 Crosstown West
- 161 University Super Express
- 162 Downtown-Ft. Richmond-U of M-St. Norbert Express
To see which trips will be cancelled look up your stop and the note codes will identify cancelled trips.
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