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October 29, 2019


Winnipeg Transit proposes faster, more reliable service model

Spine-and-feeder network will improve service to Southwest Winnipeg with the opening of Southwest Transitway Stage 2

Released: 9:05 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Transit is proposing changes with the opening of the Southwest Transitway Stage 2 that will see more frequent, faster, and more reliable transit service in southwest Winnipeg.

In order to take advantage of the additional 7.6 kilometers of dedicated transitway, and offer passengers more freedom and flexibility in their travel, Transit is proposing a brand new spine-and-feeder network in southwest Winnipeg. The “BLUE Line,” a new route that will run along the entire length of the Southwest Transitway will connect Downtown with the University Manitoba and St. Norbert. The BLUE Line will form the “spine” of the network, while the neighbourhood routes in southwest Winnipeg will form the “feeders.”

The “feeder routes” from the various neighbourhoods in southwest Winnipeg feed into the BLUE Line and Pembina Highway at stations or major stops. Passengers will catch their neighbourhood feeder bus, take it to a BLUE Line station, and transfer to a BLUE Line bus, instead of waiting for one specific bus.

Highlights of the BLUE Line service plan include:

  • Frequency and service reliability that gives passengers more flexibility and freedom in their travel
  • Feeder routes that stay on schedule by avoiding congestion Downtown
  • Frequent BLUE Line buses which aren’t affected by delays on Pembina Highway while operating on the transitway
  • Average 2-3 minute wait times for transfers from feeder routes to the BLUE Line
  • Average 5-8 minute wait times for transfers from the BLUE Line to feeder routes
  • Travel time on the corridor will improve by 8-10 minutes in ideal conditions
  • Nearly all connections will be made at stations or major stops with heated shelters
  • Upgraded passenger information displays at stations

Winnipeg Transit undertook extensive public and stakeholder engagement earlier this year and received much positive feedback. We also received constructive feedback on particular routes, which was used to make improvements to the proposed service plan.

Construction of the Southwest Transitway Stage 2 began in 2016, and was completed in October 2019. Following a period of testing, commissioning, and training it, it will open for service in April 2020. It adds 7.6 kilometers to the Southwest Transitway, bringing the total length of dedicated transitway to 11.2 kilometers.

The administrative report will be considered by the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal & Public Works on Monday, November 4, 2019.

City breaks ground for the new Bill and Helen Norrie Library

Released: 11:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City officially broke ground on the new Bill and Helen Norrie Library site at 15 Poseidon Bay today.

“Breaking ground on the new library in honour of Bill and Helen Norrie is a momentous occasion and I’m pleased to recognize their commitment to libraries and to our city,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “This will be a truly modern library that is fully accessible and a valuable resource for this community well into the future.”

A new library for the River Heights area was identified as a priority in the Library Redevelopment Strategy. The Bill and Helen Norrie Library will replace the existing River Heights Library and will better meet the needs of the community with a fully accessible public space, more parking, proximity to public transportation, tutorial and programming rooms, improved study and leisure areas, and an outdoor reading and programming area.

“The Bill and Helen Norrie Library will be a gathering hub for all Winnipeggers,” said Sherri Rollins, Chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks. “I’m excited to see an innovative concept that promotes learning, provides accessibility, and encourages community.”

“Winnipeg is moving forward and the building of the new Bill and Helen Norrie Library represents part of that momentum,” said John Orlikow, Councillor for River Heights – Fort Garry. “The Norries had a passion and commitment to Winnipeg and I’m pleased to recognize and honour them in this important way.”

The future library, named after former Mayor Bill Norrie and teacher and librarian Helen Norrie, will be approximately 14,000 square feet, which is 5,715 square feet larger than the existing River Heights Library. The approximately $9.3 million dollar project is anticipated to be completed in late 2020.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service responds to a house fire on Ashford Drive

Released: 4:01 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – At 9:57 a.m. on October 29, 2019, the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) responded to a call from a monitored alarm system at a single-family home in the 0-100 block of Ashford Drive.

Upon arrival on scene, crews encountered smoke coming from the home. Crews forced entry and launched an offensive attack, declaring the fire under control at 11:16 a.m. The home sustained significant damage.

Crews conducted a search of the house and no occupants were found. No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates are available at this time.

October 29, 2019