Français  |    | 
311

What's New

Council approves Capital Integration Project

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Winnipeg, MB – Today, City Council approved recommendations made by the Executive Policy Committee on June 18, 2014, regarding the Capital Integration Project which combines the Pembina Highway Underpass project, Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor – Stage 2 project, and associated land drainage infrastructure.

Once completed, the Capital Integration project will be the City’s largest infrastructure project to date and will utilize a public-private partnership (P3) with a Design-Build-Finance-(Operate)-Maintain (DBF (O) M) procurement model. Under a DBF (O) M P3 model, the private partner will develop the detail design for the project, construct it, finance it and maintain it over a 30 year concession period extending from 2019 until 2049. This is very similar to the models used recently by the City of Winnipeg for the Disraeli Bridges Project and the Chief Peguis Trail extension.

“Once completed, this project will provide significant benefits to citizens with reduced traffic congestion, improved travel times, more convenient and reliable transit service, and higher density development in the rapidly growing southwest quadrant of the city,” said Dave Wardrop, Director, Winnipeg Transit. “The P3 financing model also provides the community with high value for its investment. This project is not only important for citizens who currently live, study or work in the area, but it is also important for future generations who will use the area and its amenities.”

Next Steps

City staff will now begin working on a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) with the intention of issuing the RFQ in early fall. The RFQ is designed to identify consortiums that may bid on the project and to review their qualifications. Once the RFQ is complete and a shortlist of qualified bidders is determined, and if an application for federal funding is successful, a Request for Proposal (RFP) will be issued in early 2015.

Construction of Stage 2 of the Southwest Transitway is expected to begin in 2016, with construction completion in 2019. After construction of Stage 2 is complete, operator training and facility commissioning will be carried out with Operations commencing in April 2020.

Capital Integration Project – Background Information

The Capital Integration project is comprised of significant infrastructure components in the southwest quadrant of the city including the completion of Stage 2 of the Southwest Transitway, the addition of Active Transportation infrastructure, and the renewal and expansion of the Pembina Underpass. Drainage works associated with the project will also be coordinated with the Cockburn-Calrossie combined sewer relief project that is currently underway.

Integration of these infrastructure improvements would accommodate anticipated population growth in southwest Winnipeg that will lead to an estimated 50 per cent traffic increase on Pembina Highway by 2031. Proposed improvements, which are consistent with the Council-approved Transportation Master Plan (2011), would better accommodate modes of choice (cars, trucks, buses and active transportation) in a more sustainable way, right from project completion and well into the future.

By bundling Stage 2 of the Southwest Transitway, the widening of the Pembina Highway Underpass and the associated land drainage works together under one Capital Integration Project, the City is expected to save significant costs by eliminating the need to relocate the rail line at least twice during construction. By constructing the projects at once, construction timelines and traffic disruption will also be minimized.

Visit Winnipeg Transit’s Southwest Transitway section for more information.

Public Service’s Capital Integration Project report considered today by the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Public Service’s report regarding the proposed Capital Integration Project was considered today by members of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works.

The project is comprised of significant infrastructure components in the southwest quadrant of the city: completion of Stage 2 of the Southwest Transitway, renewal and expansion of the Pembina Underpass, and sewer/land drainage upgrades in the Jubilee area to reduce the potential for flooding in the underpass. The sewer/drainage improvements would also coordinate with the Cockburn-Calrossie sewer upgrade project that is currently underway.

Integration of these infrastructure improvements would accommodate anticipated population growth in southwest Winnipeg that will lead to an estimated 50 per cent traffic increase on Pembina Highway by 2031. Proposed improvements, which are consistent with the Council-approved Transportation Master Plan (2011), would better accommodate modes of choice (cars, trucks, buses and active transportation) in a more sustainable way, right from project completion and well into the future.

“If approved by Council, the Capital Integration Project will help stimulate infill development, reduce traffic congestion, improve travel times, and increase the reliability of Transit service in the Southwest area of the City,” said Dave Wardrop, Director, Winnipeg Transit. “The potential benefits of integrating these projects, as well as the P3 financing model, will provide the community with high value for its investment.”

By bundling Stage 2 of the Southwest Transitway, the widening of the Pembina Highway Underpass and the associated land drainage works together under one Capital Integration Project, the City is expected to save significant costs by eliminating the need to relocate the rail line at least twice during construction. By constructing the projects at once, construction timelines and traffic disruption will also be minimized.

In order to fulfill the requirements of the Province of Manitoba’s Public-Partnerships Transparency & Accountability Act, today’s Committee meeting also provided the public an opportunity to share their opinions and ask questions about the public-private partnership (P3 or PPP) aspects of the project.

Visit Winnipeg Transit’s Southwest Transitway section for more information.

A copy of the Public Service report on the proposed Capital Integration Project is available here

Winnipeg Transit opening new Customer Service Centre

Full service centre at Millennium Library will enable customers to buy bus passes, tickets and receive route planning assistance in the heart of downtown

Monday, March 10, 2014

Winnipeg, MB – Today, Winnipeg Transit opened a new full service customer service centre at the Millennium Library. This full service centre will provide customers the convenience of buying bus passes, tickets, and receiving route planning assistance in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. This new location is served by bus routes from all parts of the city and is also easily accessible from all areas of downtown.

“With large demand from the public for a central one-stop shop location, Winnipeg Transit has taken this opportunity to significantly upgrade the existing facility within the Library and make changes to our other Customer Service centres to better serve the needs of our passengers,” said Dave Wardrop, Director, Winnipeg Transit.

With approximately one million visitors annually to the Millennium Library and over 8,000 daily Transit riders getting on or off the bus at stops just outside the Library’s door, this centre has the potential to be Winnipeg Transit’s busiest customer service centre. The new service centre will be open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Winnipeg Transit Customer Service Centre located at 65 Garry Street is now a business to business location only and provides service for the Ecopass and other business programs. The new retail Customer Service Centre at the Millennium Library on Graham Avenue will provide service to all passengers.

The new Millennium Library Transit Customer Service Centre is one of three customer service centres, with the other two located in the Winnipeg Square Concourse and at 414 Osborne Street.

Transitway By-Law/Rules

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
- Smoking
- Panhandling or begging
- Disruptive sounds or loud noises
- Littering
- Consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs
- Loitering
- Parades
- Gatherings
- Throwing of projectiles
- Gambling
- Busking

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