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January 18, 2013
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No pennies or bills on buses beginning February 1

Released: 10:36 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB ‒ Effective February 1, 2013, Winnipeg Transit will no longer accept pennies or bills on its buses. The new policy goes into effect as the Department begins the first phase of a comprehensive fare collection system replacement project.

In the coming weeks, Transit will begin replacing the old, manual fareboxes on all buses with new, state-of-the-art, electronic fareboxes. The new boxes will not accept pennies or paper banknotes. Only Canadian or US coins of at least a nickel or higher denomination will be accepted. Coins will be validated and counted as they are dropped through the coin slot, while payment information will be presented visually on a display screen that is mounted on the top of the farebox. Customers are reminded that operators do not carry change.

The new boxes will continue to accept tickets but they must be inserted into the ticket slot mounted separately from the coin slot. Paper transfers will be printed and issued by the new farebox.

Also effective February 1, 2013, a Blue Loonie will be worth one dollar off any cash fare on all Regular and Hand-Transit service. Blue Loonies are available at participating Downtown Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) merchants. To learn more about the Blue Loonie program visit downtownwinnipegbiz.com. Winnipeg Transit will continue to work with the Downtown BIZ to promote the downtown as a vibrant commercial district.

Phase two of the fare collection system, expected to be completed in late 2013, includes the introduction of new “Smartcard” technology that will replace tickets and paper passes. For more information about Winnipeg Transit’s new fare collection system, visit winnipegtransit.com.

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Upgrades to everything from plumbing to flooring on the way for 12 Winnipeg community centres

Mayor announces thousands in funding under the Community Centre Renovations Grant Program

Released: 1:32 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz was joined today by members of City Council and representatives of a number of local community centres to announce $386,000 of funding to help with renovations and repairs to several facilities throughout the city.

This is the second round of grants awarded to successful applicants of the Community Centre Renovation Grant Program, which was approved by Council in February, 2012.

“Community centres are the hub in neighbourhoods across the city, and we want to help them thrive by providing the support they need to make upgrades such as replacing windows and installing security systems,” said Mayor Katz.

As part of the Fall 2012 intake process, 12 community centres have been awarded grants. They are:

Approved Community Centre Renovation Fund Applications (Fall Intake 2012)
Community Centre Project Awarded
Bronx Park Community Centre Woodshop $50,000.00
Linden Woods Community Centre Inc. Security System $15,068.00
Riverview Community Centre Inc. Hall Upgrades, Security System $10,000.00
Robert A. Steen Memorial Community Centre Gym Upgrades, Flooring, Carpets, Facility Lighting, Ceiling Fans etc. $46,883.00
Vince Leah Recreation Centre Inc. Window Replacement $11,494.00
Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre Inc. Washroom, Security System, Lighting, etc. $20,000.00
Grendell Park Community Centre Inc. Lighting Upgrade (interior & exterior) $50,000.00
Jonathan Toews Community Centre Flooring/Ceiling Tile Replacement $37,588.00
River Osborne Community Centre Inc. Washroom/Change Room Upgrades $45,000.00
Central Corydon Community Centre Inc. Washroom Upgrades $35,000.00
Gateway Recreation Centre Inc. Flooring Replacement (washroom, offices, change rooms) $50,000.00
Norquay Recreation Committee Inc. AC, Windows, Kitchen, Utility Room Upgrade $15,000.00
$386,033.00

The program has two intake periods each year: spring (application deadline of May 1) and fall (application deadline November 1). The program provides up to $965,000 in annual funding for community centres to access to supports repairs, upgrades, retrofits, safety improvements and renovation projects. Applicants are eligible for 100 per cent support of project costs to a maximum of $50,000 per project per calendar year.

For more Information regarding this program, including how to apply, please visit: http://winnipeg.ca/cms/recreation/facilities/communitycentres.stm

Last update: 18.01.2013 -->

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