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Budget 2015: Stage Two of Southwest Rapid Transitway a “go”
Multi-year plan will ensure funds available to complete project
Released: 9:03 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB - To move forward with the new Southwest Transitway Stage 2, and the Pembina Highway Underpass, the 2015 Preliminary Budget provides a sustainable, multi-year funding plan for the next phases of construction.
A new Payment Reserve will be established to accept funds from a combination of sources.
Specific proposals in this balanced approach include:
A 0.33 per cent property tax increase beginning in 2016 in each of 10 years;
A one-time, five-cent transit fare increase in 2016, over and above regular transit fare increases.
“When combined, these measures will ensure the City has the required funding available when rapid transit is completed,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “This will also allow us to construct a modern public transit network that will drive our economy and serve our growing, thriving city.”
With a Provincial funding commitment of $225 million and a federal commitment of $137.3 million from PPP Canada, the City's expected cost for the integrated project is $225 million. These amounts, plus annual maintenance, will be paid annually to the P3 Proponent at approximately $22.05 million, beginning in 2020, which is included in the capital forecast.
Specifics of the Payment Reserve include a 2/3 vote of City Council in order for funds to be used other than stipulated.
“We must continue investing in improved public transportation options utilizing partnerships to fund these city-wide improvements.” said Mayor Bowman, “We thank our Provincial and Federal partners for supporting this priority project for Winnipeg.”
The 2015 Budget builds on the City's long-term plan to grow a modern, thriving city with quality of life improvements for all Winnipeggers that include renewal of our infrastructure, and a focus on creating a safe and vibrant community we are all proud to call home.
Budget 2015: City to take innovative leap forward in traffic management
New command centre will smooth traffic flows, respond in real-time to traffic snarls
Released: 9:05 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB - Drawing on the latest technological advances, Winnipeg drivers will soon benefit from smoother flowing traffic and the use of smartphones and social media to receive real-time traffic information alerts.
If approved by City Council, the establishment of a first ever Transportation Management Centre (TMC) will help manage traffic flows and improve the movement of people, goods, and services throughout Winnipeg.
“Unlike most major cities in North America that have freeways, Winnipeg depends primarily on a network of arterial roadways and nearly 650 signalized intersections,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “With a road network that continues to grow with the population, innovative solutions are essential in creating a more modern city.”
After years of replacing outdated traffic signal equipment, Winnipeg's first ever Transportation Management Centre system will:
Expand on the current signal control system by employing advanced technologies to allow TMC operators to monitor and adjust traffic signal timings
Allow TMC operators to respond in real-time to problems that include helping to expedite responses to unexpected situations like collisions, stalled vehicles, barricades, special events, and weather/visibility
Coordinate with agencies such as the Winnipeg Police Service, Winnipeg Transit and Winnipeg Fire-Paramedic Service to re-route buses or adjust traffic signals
To be operational by the end of 2016, the new TMC will be funded by $3.5 million annually from the Operating Budget once fully implemented, and $3 million over 2015-2016, from the Capital Budget. These investments are expected to pay dividends for many years.
“Under the current system, the City becomes aware of traffic problems as a result of calls made to 311,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The TMC will be a game-changer because City staff will be able to monitor and respond to problems even before the public is aware that an issue exists.”
The 2015 Budget builds on the City's long-term plan to grow a modern, thriving city with quality of life improvements for all Winnipeggers that include renewal of our infrastructure and a focus on creating a safe and vibrant community we are all proud to call home.
Projects and programs designed to further strengthen Winnipeg
Released: 9:06 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB - Among many competing demands, the 2015 Preliminary Budget proposes investing in both new and ongoing projects and programs aimed at strengthening Winnipeg as a vibrant and caring community.
Topping the list is a new grant of $150,000 per year, for five years, in support of the United Way's Plan to End Homelessness in Winnipeg.
“It takes an entire community, including government, to help solve homelessness,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “The City is proud to propose this investment as part of our contribution toward a program that makes so much sense economically and from a compassionate standpoint.”
“Providing services for Winnipeggers requires a commitment to a broad range of organizations, programs and agencies,” said Councillor Marty Morantz, Chair of Finance. “We are thankful to the many volunteers whose contributions make such a difference to the quality of life in our community.”
A summary of proposed community investments includes:
An increase in funding for the Winnipeg Arts Council to $7.00 per capita within two years, beginning with a $250,000 increase in 2015;
New funding of up to $300,000 for a downtown dog park;
A move to a 100% biological larviciding program as it is an effective and environmentally friendly approach to controlling mosquitoes. Funding for the insect control program will increase by approximately $2.69 million in 2015;
Reinstatement of funding for civic museums which fall under the Winnipeg Museums Board to ensure a vibrant community of heritage and culture. Additional funding of $51,547 in 2015 will restore previous reductions and raise total funding for these museums to $1.03 million;
Continued funding for the City of Winnipeg's Aboriginal Youth Strategy. At $1.75 million in 2015, the total includes $.75 million for a training/ apprenticeship program; and
Support for Assiniboine Park in 2015 of $11.376 million in operating grants and $10.823 million in capital grants.
The 2015 Budget builds on the City's long-term plan to grow a modern, thriving city with quality of life improvements for all Winnipeggers that includes renewal of our infrastructure and a focus on creating a safe and vibrant community we are all proud to call home.