Winnipeg Transit and ATU announce Next Stop Policy Released: 10:00 a.m.
NEWS @ A GLANCE:
Winnipeg Transit, together with the Amalgamated Transit Union announced the implementation of its Next Stop Policy on all transit routes effective January 1, 2008. A critical part of Winnipeg Transit's future plans is to provide automated bus stop announcements and displays. That system is expected to become operational city wide over the next several years.
(for more details, please read the full media release below)
WINNIPEG December 10, 2007 - Committed to enhancing the service it provides to all passengers. Winnipeg Transit, together with the Amalgamated Transit Union announced the implementation of its Next Stop Policy on all transit routes effective January 1, 2008.
While the announcement of transfer points has long been conducted by many bus operators, beginning in the New Year, transit passengers can expect to hear announcements of all bus stops on all Transit routes.
This initiative is in keeping with the Winnipeg Transit Mission - "To provide the best public transportation service possible, for all our clients" and will also provide additional time for individuals with special needs and/or visual impaired to safely prepare for their exit from the vehicle. Winnipeg Transit is one of the few systems in Canada that has named all of its bus stops and this is of assistance to passengers and operators alike.
As we go forward with this initiative, we ask all of our passengers to be patient while all of our bus operators become accustomed to announcing the specific streets and not just the transfer points. This will take time and patience for all of us.
A critical part of Winnipeg Transit's future plans is to provide automated bus stop announcements and displays. That system is expected to become operational city wide over the next several years.
On July 26, 2007 the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario made a landmark ruling regarding persons with disabilities, in particular the visually impaired, who use public transportation. The decision ordered that all bus and streetcar Operators in Toronto be immediately required to announce all stations and bus stops. Since then, other transit systems in Ontario are also implementing this policy.
Winnipeg Transit attempts to accommodate special needs customers and wishes to take a proactive approach in dealing with this issue here in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg Transit currently operates on 80 routes with approximately 5,000 bus stops utilizing a fleet of 535 buses operated by over 1,000 drivers.