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There is an upcoming schedule change on Apr 12, 2020

BLUE Rapid Transit Line

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BLUE RT pre-launch banner

BLUE is a new rapid transit line that will provide frequent, reliable, high-speed service between Downtown, the University of Manitoba and St. Norbert.

With the debut of BLUE, some current routes in Southwest Winnipeg are being replaced with new ones, while other routes are being changed.

Line diagram of the BLUE rapid transit line

Starting April 12, 2020, BLUE will travel along the Southwest Transitway in order to bypass congestion on Pembina Highway. Passengers will be able to catch the BLUE rapid transit line at Southwest Transitway stations, as well as stops along Graham Avenue and Main Street downtown, and Pembina Highway south of Markham Road.

Frequency of BLUE Service

Weekday-Rush Hour Weekday-Day Weekday-Night Weekend-Day Weekend-Night
BLUESWT Mainline 4-5 min 6 min 10-15 min 10-11 min 10-12 min
BLUE – U of M Branch 4-8 min 7-13 min 20-30 min 20-22 min 20-35 min
BLUE – St. Norbert Branch 8-15 min 20 min 20-30 min 20-22 min 20-35 min

What are feeder routes?

Feeder routes are shorter routes that take passengers from local communities to Southwest Transitway stations and major stops on Pembina Highway.

Feeder route buses are less likely to be delayed since they avoid areas of the city with congestion, like Downtown. Feeder routes in Southwest Winnipeg are three digits long, and start with a “6”.

Transit routes and schedules in Southwest Winnipeg are changing

All changes to Transit routes will go into effect April 12, 2020. Signage will go up at affected bus stops in the weeks leading up to the change, so people know what routes will operate in their community afterwards.

In addition to new routes being added, some existing bus routes will also change.


Southwest Transit Network Map PDF

Click the map to view a printable version of the new Southwest Winnipeg network

Shaping a network

Thank you to everyone who provided input to Winnipeg Transit in the route-planning process — online, over the phone and in-person at the Ideas in Motion Bus pop-up events.
The resulting network was shaped by your ideas.

You can start planning your trips on the improved network using the Navigo Trip Planner.

Please ensure the date you’ve selected for your trip is after April 12, 2020.

You can also use the lists below to explore maps of the new routes and updated routes, and see how frequently they will run.

Frequency of New Feeder Routes

Route Weekday-Rush Hour Weekday-Day Weekday-Night Weekend-Day Weekend-Night
635 Osborne Village 15 min 20-25 min 20-25 min 20-25 min 20-25 min
641 Lindenwoods West 20 min 30-35 min 30-35 min 30-35 min 30-35 min
642 Lindenwoods East 20 min 30-35 min 30-35 min 30-35 min 30-35 min
649 Chevrier 20 min 25 min 40 min 40-50 min 40-50 min
650 McGillivray 15 min 20-25 min 40 min 40-50 min 40-50 min
662 Richmond 15 min 40 min 40 min 35-40 min 35-40 min
671 Dalhousie 15 min 25 min 45 min 25 min 50 min
672 Killarney 15 min 25 min 50 min 25 min 50 min
676 Bridgwater/River Road 10 min 35 min 35 min 35 min 35 min
677 Wilkes 15-20 min 15-20 min 30 min 15-30 min 30 min
690 Industrial 10 min
691 Whyte Ridge 10 min
693 Waverley Heights 10-20 min
694 Wildwood 30 min

Changed Routes

How will I plan my trip?

By logging on to the Navigo Trip Planner! Winnipeg Transit’s existing trip planning tools have now been updated with the routes and schedules for the new network in Southwest Winnipeg. Remember to select a date for your trip that occurs after April 12.

The Southwest Transitway

Completed in 2019, the Southwest Transitway is an 11-kilometre dedicated roadway constructed to keep the BLUE rapid transit line separate from other traffic, allowing buses to travel at speeds up to 80 km/h.

Passengers will have access to a number of amenities along the Transitway, designed with an easier, more comfortable commute in mind.

Seel Station

Of the new Park and Ride parking spots, 665 are located adjacent to Seel Station.

Park and Ride

The launch of the BLUE rapid transit line will bring passengers new opportunities to park their cars and hop on board Winnipeg Transit – more than 1,000 new park and ride spots have been installed at Seel Station and Clarence Station.

The parking spots are available for special events at attractions along the BLUE Rapid Transit Line, including IG Field, and are provided free of charge for anyone using Transit services.

Active Transportation

A protected and accessible active transportation path runs along the full length of the Southwest Transitway, connected to existing active routes. It will be illuminated at night to enhance safety and visibility.

Bike Lockers and Racks

Each station along the Southwest Transitway is outfitted with bike lockers, to allow for easy transitions from bike to bus.

For passengers who prefer to take their bikes with them, each of the 28 new articulated buses purchased for the launch of BLUE will be outfitted with a bike rack capable of carrying two bicycles, in all seasons but winter. Online schedules display a bike icon to identify routes with bike racks on them.

Station Amenities

Winnipeg Transit is rolling out new digital displays that will feature real-time passenger information at each of the stations, which will also include heated bus shelters.

Public Art

Passengers riding the BLUE rapid transit line will be able to take in public art projects along the route, thanks to a partnership with the Winnipeg Arts Council.

Kettle

Métis artist Ian August’s ‘Rooster Town Kettle’, located at the Beaumont Station

The new works to be launched alongside BLUE include:

  • Rooster Town Kettle and Fetching Water by Ian August, located at Beaumont Station
  • Furrows in the Landby Jeanette Johns, located at Seel Station and McGillivray Overpass
  • ROW ROW ROW by Public City Architecture and Urban Ink, located at Clarence Station
  • Salt Fat Sugar / Your Water is Safe by Bill Burns, located at Chevrier Station
  • テンサイ (Tensai) by Cindy Mochizuki and Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon of PFS Studio at Plaza Station
  • (Un)Still Life with Spoked Wheels by Warren Carther, located at Chancellor Station and Bishop Grandin Overpass
  • Métis Land Use by Tiffany Shaw-Collinge, located at Markham Station

Sugar Beets at Plaza Station
テンサイ (Tensai) by Cindy Mochizuki and Kelty Miyoshi McKinnon of PFS Studio, located at Plaza Station

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I used to take the 181 home every day. Now I am told I have to take 2 buses to get home; is this correct?

A: Yes, you will have to take 2 buses to get home; the buses leaving the downtown area are expected to be more reliable as they will be running every 3-4 minutes to get passengers to a Transitway station. Feeder routes are also expected to be more reliable as they will not be travelling though the downtown area.

Q: Why do I need to transfer? I used to have a direct route to my destination.

A: Transfers are an important part of the design of a more frequent, reliable service using the BLUE rapid transit line, for multiple reasons.

In the past, Winnipeg Transit prioritized one-seat-rides between Downtown and a variety of Southwest Winnipeg communities during rush hours, because they were seen as being more convenient. However, the number of buses in Downtown Winnipeg can often cause delays on streets like Graham Avenue, especially during rush hour periods.

Further, some of these buses fill up with passengers who only need to ride for a short distance, meaning there may not be enough room left for passengers who want to ride further along the route to reach a specific community.

By separating service into BLUE and intersecting feeder routes, Winnipeg Transit has been able to increase capacity and maintain frequent service to and from Downtown.

This is in part because it is easier to coordinate one route — the BLUE rapid transit line — than it is to coordinate multiple routes in and out of Downtown.

It’s also because BLUE will operate frequently enough to ensure delays of individual buses would only have a minor, localized effect. Winnipeg Transit has also ensured feeder routes are short enough to prevent delays.

The end result is more reliable service and better, more frequent travel options for our passengers.

Q. I don’t see my usual bus route on the map of the new network in Southwest Winnipeg. What happened to it?

A: The BLUE rapid transit line and 14 new community feeder routes will take the place of a number of routes that will no longer operate as of April 12, 2020.

The easiest way to find out your route options for after April 12 is to plan a future trip using the Navigo Trip Planner. Please ensure the date you’ve selected in Navigo is after April 12, 2020.

The following routes will cease operating:

  • 51 St. Vital Centre/University of Manitoba;
  • 64 Lindenwoods Express;
  • 72 South Point/University of Manitoba;
  • 76 St. Vital Centre/University of Manitoba;
  • 84 Lindenwoods/Fort Rouge Station;
  • 86 Bridgwater/Fort Rouge Station;
  • 94 Pembina/Wildwood/Whyte;
  • 99 City Hall/Windermere;
  • 109 St. Norbert Dart;
  • 137 Richmond Super Express;
  • 161 University Super Express;
  • 162 Richmond Express;
  • 163 Waverley Heights Express;
  • 170 University of Manitoba/St. Norbert/Downtown;
  • 180 Industrial Express;
  • 181 Whyte Ridge Express;
  • 183 Richmond West Express; and the
  • 185 Osborne Village Express.

Q: Do the new feeder routes follow the same routes of those they are replacing?

A: Many feeder routes will be similar to current neighbourhood express routes to Downtown, but will instead terminate at the Southwest Transitway stations or Pembina Highway. Routes will be 3 digits and start with a “6”. Feeder routes are much less likely to be delayed by traffic because they do not operate Downtown.

Q: What kind of bus service will operate on Pembina Highway after April 12?

A: Winnipeg Transit will continue to operate two high-frequency routes along Pembina Highway, where passengers can also connect to feeder routes.

Starting April 12, route 60 Pembina will operate more frequently on weekdays, with service scheduled every ten minutes during morning and afternoon rush hours.

Route 47 Transcona, which currently ends its trip Downtown, will become route 47 Transcona/Pembina. It will extend south to replace the former 160 route, providing single-bus service from Transcona to the University of Manitoba.

Once route 47 reaches Downtown, it will travel along Main Street and stage 1 of the Transitway before veering onto Pembina Highway at Jubilee Avenue. Route 47 will no longer travel on Graham Avenue.

Q: I see that the 160 bus has been discontinued. Can you tell me why?

A: Yes, the 160 route has been merged with the route 47. This bus now travels from Transcona to the University of Manitoba, and no longer travels on Graham.

Northbound passengers who need to reach Graham Avenue can transfer from route 47 to the BLUE rapid transit line at:

  • Union Station (Downtown)
  • Jubilee Station
  • Fort Rouge Station
  • Osborne Station
  • Harkness Station

Q: I see there is a new route 23. Can you tell me what this replaces?

A: Route 23 Broadway/William replaces the Broadway/City Hall portion of route 29.

Route 29 Sherbrook/Stafford now travels from the Health Sciences Centre area to the existing Windermere terminal – and new Beaumont Station on the BLUE rapid transit line – only.

Route 23 Broadway/William travels from City Hall to Union Station via William, Health Sciences Centre, Sherbrook/Maryland, and Broadway.

Q: I just tried to call the Dart 109 Bus, and no one is answering. Is this route still running?

A: No. As of April 12 the Dart 109 bus has been replaced by the route 91; it now runs all day from Pembina and Killarney into the St. Norbert area.

The 91 runs from:

  • 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Weekdays;
  • 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturdays; and
  • 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Q: I live near the Southwest Transitway. What’s been done about noise?

A: The City used feedback from residents in the project planning for the transitway. As a result, measures have been taken to mitigate noise and vibration for nearby homeowners. The concrete works for the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor were designed to minimize vibration from transit vehicles. A noise attenuation wall has been built, extending from Bishop Grandin to Markham, on City property adjacent to residents’ property lines.