Rapid Transit Route Path
There are 13 routes that operate on the Southwest Transitway. Most of the Rapid Transit routes operate between Balmoral Station at the University of Winnipeg in the downtown and various destinations in southwest Winnipeg.
These routes use the Graham Transit Mall and diamond lanes on Main Street to access the transitway at Queen Elizabeth Way & Stradbrook. The Rapid Transit routes then operate at high speed on the transitway (serving Harkness, Osborne, Fort Rouge Stations, and a stop at the Jubilee Overpass), then exit the transitway at the Jubilee Overpass to proceed south on Pembina Highway, branching off Pembina Highway at several points to the routes’ ultimate destinations.
Routes that operate on Grant Avenue also use the Graham Mall, the Main Street diamond lanes, and the north portion of the Transitway between Queen Elizabeth Way and Warsaw Avenue (stopping at Harkness and Osborne Stations). At the east end of Warsaw Avenue, they use a bus-only link to exit the Transitway onto Warsaw and, from there, travel via Pembina to Grant Avenue.
The Rapid Transit routes take advantage of several transit priority measures to provide fast, reliable service at all times:
- Upgraded rapid transit terminal at Balmoral Station (adjacent to the University of Winnipeg’s AnX)
- Diamond lane on southbound Vaughan Street
- Graham Transit Mall
- Diamond lanes on Main Street (both southbound and northbound)
- Transit priority signals in the downtown and at the transitway access/egress points
- Southwest Transitway (for buses only, grade-separated, high-speed)
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The Rapid Transit routes observe stops/stations in the downtown (Balmoral Station, Graham Mall stations, and Main Street stops) that have been upgraded to include new shelters, benches, signs, information kiosks, and BUSwatch electronic signs, the new stations on the transitway (Harkness, Osborne, and Fort Rouge), and stops at the Jubilee Overpass and in southwest Winnipeg.
These services provide fast, reliable, convenient travel, minimizing the need to transfer for most passengers making trips between downtown and southwest Winnipeg!
Rapid Transit Route Network Plan (Click image for printable PDF)