City to study eastern BRT corridor [Video]


City to study eastern BRT corridor

[Video]

The city will spend $3.1 million on an eastern corridor rapid transit study and wants your advice on the project.

The study will determine the best route for a corridor connecting downtown and eastern Winnipeg, including potential river crossings and active transportation. It may also chart the future of the Louise Bridge, which is nearing the end of its useful life.

“It represents an important next step for rapid transit in Winnipeg,” said Coun. Marty Morantz (Charleswood-Tuxedo-Whyte Ridge), chair of the city’s public works committee.

City staff said the exact route must be determined before the province and feds can be asked to help fund it.

In the meantime, public workshops will be held as follows:

-Oxford Heights Community Centre, 359 Dowling Ave. E. at 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 15.

-Centennial Concert Hall, 555 Main St. at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 16.

-Elmwood High School, 505 Chalmers Ave. at 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 16.

-East Elmwood Community Centre, 490 Keenleyside St. at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 17.

-Notre Dame Community Centre, 271 Avenue de la Cathedrale at 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 17.

-Neeginan Centre, 181 Higgins Ave. at 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 18.

The city expects to complete the study in Spring 2018.

But at least one councillor is pushing for more comprehensive planning before council actually approves a route.

Coun. Janice Lukes (South Winnipeg-St. Norbert) supports rapid transit in general but said she won’t vote to fund the eastern route unless a broader study of transit locations through the entire Winnipeg capital region occurs first.

“I want people to really think of the big picture and, if we’re making these investments, to try and maximize and optimize it,” said Lukes.

Morantz said ordering the study doesn’t guarantee the eastern corridor will be built next and that he’s open to a broader planning effort.

“We would like to, in some point of the near future, to do a rapid transit master plan for the entire city,” said Morantz.

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Poll

Should the city produce a master plan for transit before moving ahead with more BRT corridors?

Published at Thu, 04 May 2017 17:53:24 +0000