City of Winnipeg seeks public input for two transit projects

March 15, 2019


Mayor Bowman Provides Update on City, Outlines Vision to Make Winnipeg Destination for Human Rights

Released: 2:20 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – In his first State of the City Address since being re-elected in October 2018, Mayor Brian Bowman provided an update on the city’s population growth, the proposed 2019 budget, infrastructure challenges, and outlined his vision to make Winnipeg an international destination for human rights.

Mayor Bowman used the opportunity to highlight this year as a year of historical significance where Winnipeg and Canada will be marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy, the 100th anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike, and the 100th anniversary of the Winnipeg aqueduct, and spoke about how these historical markers can give people reason for hope at a time when many are feeling it challenging to feel hopeful.

Mayor Bowman also challenged Winnipeggers in the 100th year since the Winnipeg aqueduct began operating to choose hope by committing to Winnipeg’s Journey of Reconciliation.

“Five days from now, one hundred years ago, water first began flowing from Shoal Lake into Winnipeg’s McPhillips street reservoir,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “Building it was instrumental for the city, but also came at a significant cost to Shoal Lake 40 who were cut off from the mainland.”

“When Winnipeggers turn on a tap this year, let’s remember where that water comes from. And then join our reconciliation journey – a journey of hope – and we’ll more than just transcend, we will thrive,” said Mayor Bowman.

In his address, Mayor Bowman also highlighted:

  • A city whose population continues to grow steadily and strongly;
  • A commitment to establish a Youth Advisory Council;
  • A new fiscal reality for the city in response to provincial funding changes;
  • A need to move toward multiyear budgeting;
  • A challenge to all Winnipeg members of the legislative assembly to speak up for Winnipeg in support of its infrastructure needs, as well as a need for additional ridesharing options like Uber and Lyft;
  • A partnership between Economic Development Winnipeg, CentreVenture, and other stakeholders to help set a course for the city by developing a land inventory prime for strategic investment;
  • A commitment to realigning and renaming the Innovation Committee so that it can better align with Economic Development Winnipeg;
  • The city’s flood preparation work including the delayed retirement of the Chief Administration Officer so he can help manage the city through this year’s flood season; and
  • A commitment to remove overtime when calculating pensionable earnings for police, making $1.5 million available that could be utilized in areas prioritized by the Winnipeg Police Service and Police Board.

Throughout the speech, Mayor Bowman emphasized a need to put partisan ideology aside including when it comes to establishing supervised consumption sites.

“When clinical evidence and medical experts confirm supervised consumption sites are what Winnipeg needs, I will work to ensure the city is not a barrier,” said Mayor Bowman. “I appreciate the idea of supervised consumption sites weighs heavily on the hearts and minds of many, but we cannot let ideology get in the way of this. It’s simply too important.”

The Mayor also said it is important to be honest that efforts to combat meth in Manitoba are simply not good enough, and that everyone needs to remain open to other new ideas and initiatives to solving old problems.

The Mayor said Winnipeg continues to shed its small town image, and is increasingly being recognized as an international destination.

“Smart planning, collaboration, and better alignment of existing initiatives are keys toward a more efficient and more competitive Winnipeg,” said Mayor Bowman.

The address, the first since being re-elected, builds on last year’s address where Mayor Bowman emphasized the importance of planning for future growth, building strong government, protecting Winnipeg’s competitiveness, and ensuring Winnipeg continues to be an inclusive, safe city for families.

In keeping with tradition, partial proceeds of the State of the City Address are donated to a charity identified by the Mayor.

The charity identified this year is the Bear Clan and the Mama Bear Clan recognizing the incredible work they have done in patrolling our streets, engaging with the community, and becoming role models in our city.

City of Winnipeg seeks public input for two transit projects

Released: 4:08 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City of Winnipeg is kicking off two major transit projects today and inviting Winnipeggers to share their input over the next month.

Winnipeg Transit Master Plan

The City wants to hear from Winnipeggers about the future of our transit system to help shape the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan. The Winnipeg Transit Master Plan is a 25-year plan that will cover all aspects of the transit system – Transit, Rapid Transit, and Transit Plus (formerly Handi-Transit) service and infrastructure.

“We expect Winnipeg to be home to nearly one million people within the next 25 years and our transit system needs to grow along with the city,” said Kevin Sturgeon, Senior Transit Planner. “This project will give us an opportunity to talk to Winnipeggers about what’s important to them in a transit system for the future.”

In the first phase of public engagement, the project team will talk to Winnipeggers about how they currently use transit services, what is important to them, and what they would like to see in the future. The information gathered will be presented in a report that identifies key areas of study for the Transit Master Plan project.

From March 15 to April 20, Winnipeggers are invited to provide input online, by email at: transitmasterplan@winnipeg.ca, or in person at one of five open houses, or at one of six pop-up events throughout the city.

Open house details:

Date

Time

Location

April 9, 2019

3:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m.

South Winnipeg Community Centre – Waverley Site
1885 Chancellor Dr.

April 10, 2019

4 p.m to 8 p.m.

Transcona East End Community Centre
517 Pandora Ave E.

April 11, 2019

4 p.m to 8 p.m.

Seven Oaks Arena
745 Kingsbury Ave.

April 16, 2019

4 p.m to 8 p.m.

Sturgeon Heights Community Centre
210 Rita St.

April 17, 2019

4 p.m to 8 p.m.

Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain
340 Provencher Blvd.

Pop-up details:

Work on the Transit Master Plan will continue throughout the year, with an anticipated completion date in 2020.

For more information on the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan, please visit: winnipeg.ca/transitmasterplan.

Southwest Rapid Transitway Route Planning

Winnipeg Transit is proposing improvements to bus routes in southwest Winnipeg to coincide with the opening of the Southwest Transitway (Stage 2) in spring 2020, including a new spine and feeder network, subject to Council approval.

The implementation of the proposed new routes using a spine and feeder network will ensure optimal use of Winnipeg Transit’s resources so that it can improve the delivery of efficient, fast, and reliable transit service for residents in the southwest of the City.

The proposed network changes include a central spine, with feeder routes. The proposed BLUE Line is the backbone of the Southwest Transitway, providing frequent high-speed service between Downtown, the University of Manitoba and St. Norbert. Short routes will connect neighborhoods in southwest Winnipeg to the transitway but will not operate on the transitway.

A mobile Ideas in Motion bus will be popping up in communities throughout southwest Winnipeg in early April where residents will have an opportunity to learn more about the proposed system and route changes, and share their input with the project team in person. An online survey is also available on the project website until April 15, 2019.

Date

Time

Location

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

12 p.m to 2:30 p.m.

University of Manitoba Station
Dafoe Rd. @ Gillson St.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

3:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m.

Osborne Junction Bus Loop
Pembina Hwy. @ Osborne St.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

2:15 p.m to 4:30 p.m.

University of Manitoba Station
Dafoe Rd. @ Gillson St.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

11 a.m to 1 p.m.

St. Norbert Farmers’ Market
Eagles Club, 3459 Pembina Hwy.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

2 p.m to 4 p.m.

Bridgwater Centre
Exact location to be determined

Monday, April 8, 2019

3 p.m to 5 p.m.

South Pointe School
615 Kirkbridge Dr.

Monday, April 8, 2019

6 p.m to 8 p.m.

Kenaston Common
1665 Kenaston Blvd.
(Walmart parking lot)

Ideas in Motion Bus Promo Picture 2

Input gathered throughout the public engagement process will help further refine the proposed route improvements before recommending changes to Council for its approval in advance of the opening of the second stage of the Southwest Transitway.

For more information on the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) project, please visit winnipeg.ca/southwestrapidtransitway.