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Transportation Master Plan – Moving Winnipeg Toward 2031

The City of Winnipeg has developed a comprehensive Transportation Master Plan (TMP) which will guide how, when and where the transportation system is developed in the future.

The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) was approved by Winnipeg City Council at its November 16, 2011 meeting. This plan sets out a long-term strategy to guide the planning, development, renewal and maintenance of a multimodal transportation system in a manner that is consistent with projected needs, and aligned with the City’s growth and the overall vision for a sustainable Winnipeg and region.

Transportation Choice

Today, the predominant mode of travel in the City of Winnipeg is by private automobile, a trend that began in the 1960's as development patterns became more auto-oriented. Providing greater transportation choice will be the key to reducing Winnipeg’s reliance on automobile travel. The City has already moved toward increased choice by investing in quality transit corridors, taking the first steps toward rapid transit, and pursuing significant improvements to the active transportation network. By increasing transportation choice, the quality of life, economic vitality, and system efficiency can be significantly improved.

Strategic Goals

The Path Forward

The Transportation Master Plan's Strategic Goals are from Sustainable Transportation, an OurWinnipeg Direction Strategy.

A transportation system that is dynamically integrated with land use

An integrated approach to land use and transportation maximizes the efficiency and effectiveness of its transportation infrastructure, creating an efficient, sustainable and vibrant city. An important component of integrated transportation and land use is that it minimizes both the number and length of trips people need to make.

A transportation system that supports active, accessible and healthy lifestyle options

Provision of adequately maintained walking, cycling and other forms of active transportation facilities are all part of achieving this goal. A safe and secure transportation system in which pedestrians, cyclists and motorists co-exist is also essential. In addition, ensuring equitable access to mobility and a high quality of life for all citizens, regardless of their personal ability level, requires universal access to the transportation system.

A safe, efficient and equitable transportation system for people, goods and services

In order to ensure sustainable economic growth that supports Winnipeg as the region's economic engine, an efficient, cost effective transportation system for the timely and equitable movement of goods, services and people must be an essential element.

To achieve this goal we will need to utilize technology such as ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) and other transportation systems management tools, transportation demand management, strategic major street network improvements, rapid transit, and other innovative ways to move people, goods and services.

A transportation infrastructure that is well maintained

A well-maintained transportation system promotes economic vitality and a positive city image. It is an essential part of any truly sustainable transportation plan that the major assets, the transportation infrastructure and the transit system, be managed to enable future generations to continue to enjoy a high of level of mobility and accessibility. Investing in a measurable approach in the maintenance of the street, transit, pedestrian and cycling infrastructure will ensure the continued economic and social viability of the City.

A transportation system that is financially sustainable

Financial sustainability is an essential goal in the development of the Transportation Master Plan for the next 25 years. This requires a review of the cost and benefits of each component of the Transportation Master Plan as they are developed and an assessment of potential additional sources of funding and program delivery to ensure financial sustainability for future generations.

TMP Amendments

Transportation Master Plan Amendments

The Following amendments have been made by Council to the Transportation Master Plan since its approval:

November 16, 2011 - Council Minutes

  • An additional strategic goal related to gas emissions was added;
  • The Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor was moved to the short-term timeframe;
  • The East Rapid Transit Corridor was moved to the medium-term timeframe;
  • The Marion-Goulet Connection was renamed.

April 25, 2012 - Notice of Motions

  • Chief Peguis Trail Extension from Main Street to McPhillips Street was moved to the short-term timeframe;
  • Chief Peguis Trail Extension from McPhillips Street to Route 90 was moved to the short-term timeframe;
  • William R. Clement Parkway from Grant Avenue to Wilkes Avenue was moved to the short-term timeframe.

March 20, 2013 - Council Minutes

  • The alignment of the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor is to extend westward through the Parker Lands and southeastward along the Manitoba Hydro Corridor.


Document Name Date Type
Transportation Master Plan FINAL REPORT 2011-11-01 Report
Transportation Master Plan EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 2011-11-01 Report
2007 Winnipeg Area Travel Survey Results – Final Report 2007-07-01 Report
Sustainable Transportation 2010-07-15 Report
Open House boards 2011-11-02 Storyboards


TMP What we heard

A range of consultation activities provided the opportunity for members of the public to help shape this document. Major activities included:

  • Three open houses in November 2010, July 2011 and October 2011.  
  • A web-survey to solicit views on transportation, with over 500 responses.
  • Hosting of three Advisory Committee meetings.
  • Preparation of newsletters to inform the public at various stages of the plan.

Individual meetings with 16 stakeholder groups including:

  • Active Transportation Advisory Committee
  • Urban Development Institute
  • Economic Development Winnipeg
  • CentrePort Canada
  • Manitoba Trucking Association
  • Mayor’s Seniors Advisory Committee
  • Post-Secondary Student Unions
  • Immigration and Refugee Organizations
  • Manitoba Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • Unicity Taxi and Duffy’s Taxi
  • Rapid Transit Coalition
  • Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg
  • Winnipeg Access Advisory Committee
  • Winnipeg Airports Authority
  • Winnipeg BIZ Associations
  • Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

In addition to formal meetings, comments were solicited through the project page on the SpeakUpWinnipeg website at www.

Through these consultation activities, many issues were identified and ideas generated.

The final Winnipeg Transportation Master Plan Open House was held:

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library, 251 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB

View a copy of the information that was displayed at the Open House.

Those who attended an Open House were able to see how the City plans to:

  • improve multi-modal transportation choices
  • accommodate goods movement
  • integrate transportation and land use
  • support accessibility and universal design
  • manage transportation infrastructure assets
  • Planning for Sustainable Transportation
Last update: January 30, 2019