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COVID-19: City of Winnipeg response and latest updates on City facilities and services
COVID-19 : Mesures prises par la Ville de Winnipeg et dernières nouvelles sur les installations et services municipaux

Winnipeg Transit

Response to COVID-19

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Winnipeg Transit service reductions

Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Winnipeg Transit has experienced a 72% reduction in ridership, over this same time in 2019. This has resulted in an estimated 74% reduction in revenue over the same timeframe which equals an average of approximately $6 million monthly.

As such, Winnipeg Transit will be reducing Transit service across Winnipeg, in a phased in approach over beginning on April 23. Effective immediately, Winnipeg Transit will no longer be offering overtime to bus operators, which means that daily service will be impacted.

Effective Monday, May 4, 2020, Winnipeg Transit will be moving to an enhanced Saturday schedule on weekdays. The service schedule for Saturdays and Sundays will not change. The adjusted weekday schedule requires 221 fewer buses than the regular weekday schedule.

The adjusted weekday schedule will include all bus routes that operate on Saturdays, plus a number of additional bus routes that do not normally run on weekends, such as express buses, and buses that serve industrial parks. In addition, Winnipeg Transit made certain that service around health care facilities was a factor during the service review, and we will continue to monitor service to hospitals for healthcare workers. Due to their location along major roadways, all hospitals are served by transit seven days a week, and in order to ensure better service for our healthcare workers, any hospital normally served by an express route on weekdays will have that additional service added to it over and above what would regularly be provided on a Saturday.

Both current and upcoming schedules for all routes can be found on the Find a route page. The Navigo Trip Planner has also been updated.

Practicing safe social distancing on Winnipeg Transit in light of COVID-19

We are asking our passengers to take the following steps to practice safe social distancing on Winnipeg Transit buses, effective immediately:

  • Please maintain a reasonable distance between yourself and others at bus stops and while riding the bus.
  • Only use Transit for essential trips, such as grocery shopping or getting to work.
  • Consider riding in off-peak hours if possible to help make sure there’s space for everyone who needs it.
  • Don’t board buses that don’t have enough room for you to keep a distance between yourself and others.
  • Our operators are covered by shields that are to remain fully deployed at all times to stop the spread of COVID-19. We ask our passengers to stay back from the shield and to move away from the operator once fare is paid.
  • Exit at the rear door if you are able in order to reduce crowding. Passengers who need to exit using the front door, such as wheelchair users, can still do so.
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands before and after riding transit and refraining from touching your face.
  • If you choose to wear a non-medical mask, practice good hand hygiene while it’s on, ensure the mask fits well, and do not share it.
  • If you are sick and experiencing flu-like symptoms; please refrain from riding transit.

We all have a role to play in the response to COVID-19. Winnipeg Transit is committed to its role in protecting the health and safety of our operators and the approximately 170,000 passengers who use our service each day.

Additional measures taken to respond to COVID-19

  • Since March 14, Winnipeg Transit has been carrying out an enhanced cleaning program that involves a wipe down of high-touch point areas with the hospital grade disinfectant ES65H.
  • Winnipeg Transit is only using buses that have been equipped with operator shields and has mandated operators drive with the shields fully deployed.
  • We have provided our operators with non-medical cloth masks, after public health officials began advising they can be worn in public as an additional measure to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
  • We have cancelled all charter service.
  • We are encouraging our operators to remind passengers to stay behind the yellow line to maintain social distancing.
  • We are displaying digital messages on bus exteriors to reinforce the practice of social distancing.
  • We have installed interior ads in our buses advising passengers of how to practice social distancing on buses, and ads illustrating safe hand washing protocols.
  • We continue to share messages on social media outlining social distancing precautions to be taken by Winnipeg Transit users.

More information on the City’s COVID-19 response can be found by following this link.