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There is an upcoming schedule change on Dec 17, 2017

What's New

Winnipeg Transit presents the Santa Bus

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The Santa Bus is driving the holiday spirit starting Friday, December 1 until Saturday, December 24. All cash fares and donations collected on the Santa Bus go directly to the Christmas Cheer Board.

Bus #142 features larger-than-life vinyl graphics of Santa and all of his reindeer. “The Santa Bus raised $9,624.80 in 2016 and we’re ho-ho-hoping to collect even more this year,” said Mr. Claus. For more information about the Christmas Cheer Board visit

It’s easy to find the Santa Bus with BUStxt, real-time transit information, anywhere, anytime! Just text 287898 on your mobile device, enter Bus 142, then press send. BUStxt will text you back in just a few seconds displaying which route the Santa Bus is on plus the time it will be arriving at its next stop.

BUStxt is just one of the many tools Winnipeg Transit offers to improve your transit experience. To learn more about BUStxt and all of our other great Transit Tools, visit

Look for the Santa Bus on these routes:

Route Day
60 Pembina December 1
160 Downtown – U of M December 2 – 4
60 Pembina December 5
160 Downtown – U of M December 6
47 Transcona December 7 – 12
16 Selkirk – Osborne December 13 – 18
11 Portage – Kildonan December 19
21 Portage Express December 20 – 21
11 Portage – Kildonan December 22 – 24

Pilot Project for Bus Operator safety shields

As part of Winnipeg Transit¿s commitment to increase operator safety, a pilot project to test bus operator safety shields is now underway. See the Pilot Project to test bus operator safety shields news release for details.

Winter Service change

On Sunday, December 17, Winnipeg Transit will implement our Winter Service change. This change will see weekday, Saturday, and Sunday service revised on the route 20 Academy – Watt. In addition, the new terminal at the University of Manitoba will be opened which will result in changes to all routes on the University campus. See the University of Manitoba new transit terminal.pdf for details.

Schedule changes will occur on the following route:

Route Day of Week Day of Week Day of Week
20 Academy – Watt Weekday Saturday Sunday

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Holiday Service Reduction

Over the Holiday Season, we’ll be operating regular service with the exception of:

  • Monday, December 25
  • Tuesday, December 26
  • Monday, January 1

On those dates, we’ll be operating on a Sunday schedule

h2(#southwestrapidtransitwaystage2publicartwillcelebratecivicindigenousandmétishistory). Southwest Rapid Transitway Stage 2 public art will celebrate civic, Indigenous and Métis history

Seven locations along the transitway will host Canadian artwork

Tuesday, January 31, 2017,
Winnipeg, MB. – As part of its design, the Southwest Rapid Transitway Stage 2 will integrate public artwork celebrating civic, Indigenous and Métis history as well as the natural history and ecology of the Fort Garry region, the north-south trails, and the fur trade.

Seven locations along the Southwest Rapid Transitway will host artwork including Parker, McGillivray, Clarence, Chevrier, Plaza, Chancellor, and Markham sections of the development.

Specific themes have been developed to celebrate the heritage and unique character of each region:

  1. Rooster Town Métis community,
  2. History of public transportation in Winnipeg
  3. Industrial and neighbourhood development in Fort Garry
  4. Natural history of the Red River region
  5. Japanese- Canadian internment in Manitoba
  6. North-South trails
  7. Métis resistance and land rights

A national call to artists was issued today by the Winnipeg Arts Council, who manages the Public Art Policy and Program on behalf of the City of Winnipeg. The call is open to professional artists residing in Canada.

Selected artists will work with a public art committee, made up of representatives from the Winnipeg Arts Council, Plenary Roads Winnipeg, and the City of Winnipeg. They will also work with the project team to integrate their artwork with the transitway.

Deadline for submissions has been extended to Thursday, April 20, 2017.

For more information on the Southwest Transitway visit the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor page

Winnipeg Transit’s Open Data Web Service

Winnipeg Transit has outfitted its fleet with iBUS technology that includes onboard 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 (includes Navigo trip planner, route and stop timetables, and detailed information about stops, routes, fares, etc.)
BUSguide Mobile website 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 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