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November 29, 2019

 

City launches new online resource for snow clearing operations ahead of Annual Snow Route Parking Ban

Includes snow clearing progress update map & details on improved winter maintenance of Active Transportation (AT) priority routes

Released: 9:35 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Accessing information on snow clearing and ice control just got easier for Winnipeggers. Today, the City of Winnipeg launched winnipeg.ca/snow – an online portal that features everything residents need to know about snow clearing and ice control operations.

The portal includes winter parking ban information, a comprehensive FAQ, and – most notably – a new snow clearing status map for major snow plowing operations. Residents can now check on crews’ progress during major plowing operations and residential plowing operations by searching an address and viewing the percentage completed.

During a major plowing operation, residents will be able to search an address, and view the percentage completed by geographic area for Priority 1 and 2 streets, as well as sidewalks and pathways. During a residential plowing operation, residents will be able to search an address, and view the percentage completed by snow zone.

“Winnipeggers will now have better access to City snow clearing, winter parking ban information and more,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “This new online tool will provide direct access to the status of winter operations and is another great example of the City’s ongoing efforts to making the most up to date information available to the public.”

Residents can also view street priority by searching an address on our street priority map, in addition to viewing snow routes on a searchable map.

The new resource also features information about the new winter maintenance improvements for identified Active Transportation (AT) priority routes that will be implemented city-wide, including a searchable map displaying the routes. Under this new system, identified priority AT routes will be cleared within 36 hours after three or more centimeters of snowfall. Prioritization occurred as part of a greater maintenance strategy developed over the last few years in consultation with various active transportation user groups; it supports making daily walking and cycling more convenient and accessible year-round travel modes for people of all ages and abilities.

We encourage residents to visit the new online resource for more information to stay up-to-date on the latest developments.

Annual Snow Route Parking Ban begins Sunday, December 1 at 2 a.m.
The Annual Snow Route Parking Ban takes effect at 2 a.m. on Sunday, December 1. Vehicles may not be parked on streets designated as snow routes between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. from December 1 until March 1, 2020.

Snow routes are clearly marked with signs like these:

Snow Route street signs

Residents are encouraged to check their streets for snow route signs, or if unsure, to search an address on the new snow route map, use the online address lookup tool, download the Know Your Zone app, or contact 311.

Snow routes are a top priority for snow clearing to ensure that emergency vehicles can navigate quickly and safely around the city. It’s important that vehicles are not parked on snow routes overnight in order to enable rapid and efficient snow clearing of these critical routes.

Vehicles parked in violation of the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban can receive a $100 ticket ($75 if paid early), and may be towed to the towing company’s compound.

To sign up for winter parking ban notifications, to download the City’s Know Your Zone app,  and for more information, see: winnipeg.ca/snow.

Winnipeg Transit presents the Santa Bus

Released: 12:00 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The Santa Bus is driving holiday spirit starting Sunday, December 1 until Tuesday, December 24.

Winnipeg Transit bus #142 will feature larger-than-life vinyl graphics of Santa and his reindeer. All cash fares and donations collected on the Santa Bus will go directly to the Christmas Cheer Board.

The Santa Bus has been on the road every year since 1985.

It’s easy to find the Santa Bus with BUStxt, real-time Transit information, anywhere, anytime!  Just text 287898 on your mobile device, enter Bus 142, then press send. BUStxt will text you back in just a few seconds displaying which route the Santa Bus is on plus the time it will be arriving at its next stop.

BUStxt is just one of the many trip planning tools Winnipeg Transit offers to improve your transit experience. To learn more about BUStxt and all of our other Transit Tools, visit winnipegtransit.com or contact 311.

November 29, 2019