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City of Winnipeg

Winnipeg Transit

Southwest Transitway


The Southwest Transitway is a high-speed roadway for buses, physically separated from the regular street system. All existing bus routes in Southwest Winnipeg will be able to use the transitway to travel to and from downtown faster. Buses operate at speeds up to 80 kph, free of any other traffic, providing very fast, reliable service.

Stage 1 of the Southwest Transitway currently runs from Queen Elizabeth Way & Stradbrook to Pembina & Jubilee. Bus-only access roads between the transitway and the street system let Rapid Transit buses operate both on the street and on the transitway. This routing flexibility provides one-seat travel without transfer for most passengers travelling between southwest Winnipeg and downtown. Buses transition between the street system and the transitway at:

  • Queen Elizabeth & Stradbrook
  • Harkness Station near Stradbrook & Harkness
  • East end of Warsaw Avenue
  • Jubilee Overpass

There is also a bus-only access road to the transitway at the Fort Rouge Transit Base. This provides a fast, efficient way for buses to travel between the garage and route terminals at the start and end of service.

Once Stage 2 is completed and opened for service in 2020, the Southwest Transitway will operate from Downtown to the neighbourhoods of Southwest Winnipeg, including the University of Manitoba.

Project Timeline

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