Transit Improvements & Rapid Transit Stage 2 : Ward Priorities

Transit

Next to downtown Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba is the second most commuted to destination in our City. This fact, combined with the rapid growth of the communities of South Pointe and Bridgewater, is resulting in an increased demand for increased transit service in the South Winnipeg- St. Norbert Ward. This is great news, as more and more people want to take transit which reduces congestion as well as wear and tear on our roadways!  Transit is a sustainable and cost effective form of transportation, and I will be working to improve transit service in our communities. I will also be very involved with the second phase of Rapid Transit, ensuring it is on time and on budget.

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YOUR Transportation Priorities – 2018 City Budget

YOUR Transportation Priorities – 2018 City Budget

As the representative for South Winnipeg–St. Norbert, which is Winnipeg's most populated ward (~68,000 people), I’m inviting you to e-mail me your comments on transportation investments which Winnipeg City Council will be voting upon in the 2018 budget. (E-Mail: ...

Transit Service in South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward

Transit Service in South Winnipeg-St. Norbert Ward

Since being elected in fall, 2014 as City Councillor for the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward, I’ve been working to secure funding in the City budget for transit expansion into Bridgwater Centre, Bridgwater Lakes and South Pointe.  After three years, funding was...

Construction Under Way for Southwest Rapid Transitway

Construction Under Way for Southwest Rapid Transitway

Planning and construction for the Southwest Rapid Transitway are well under way.  When Stage 2 of the project is complete and operational in 2020, the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor will link Winnipeg’s downtown to Winnipeg’s southwest neighbourhoods, including the...

Making Transit More Customer Focused – Discussion Series

Making Transit More Customer Focused – Discussion Series

I am EXTREMELY pleased to be working with many community partners on a very informative transit event! In fall 2015, on the advice of good friends, Curt Hull (Climate Change Connection) and Joseph Kornelsen (Functional Transit), I arranged a SKYPE meeting with Jarret...

Transit Expansion – Bridgwater & South Pointe

Transit Expansion – Bridgwater & South Pointe

Transit funding for routes in Bridgwater and South Pointe WAS APPROVED in the 2017 budget process! This is welcome news for thousands of transit users in these growing communities! Since being elected, I’ve been working to secure funding in the City's budget for...

Transit Garage Expansion Project – Information Session

Transit Garage Expansion Project – Information Session

Everyone is invited to attend an upcoming information session on the Transit Garage Expansion project: Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017 Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Location: Fort Rouge Leisure Centre, 625 Osborne Street Winnipeg Transit’s fleet has been increasing in...

Drone Video of Southwest Rapid Transitway Under Construction

Drone Video of Southwest Rapid Transitway Under Construction

The Southwest Transitway is a high-speed roadway for buses, physically separated from the regular street system. All existing bus routes in Southwest Winnipeg will be able to use the transitway to travel to and from downtown faster. Buses operate at speeds up to 80...

Transit Update in Bridgwater & South Pointe

Transit Update in Bridgwater & South Pointe

This overview is to provide an update on efforts to secure an extension of Winnipeg Transit service in South Winnipeg. Expanding transit service is a top request from residents in the Bridgwater and South Pointe communities - it's also listed as 1 of 2 top priorities...

Funding for Winnipeg Transit and Watermains

Funding for Winnipeg Transit and Watermains

On July 25, 2016, the Federal Government announced major funding for projects across Manitoba!  The City of Winnipeg will be receiving $79.4 million for transit initiatives, as well as $4.1 million in federal-provincial funds to upgrade watermains in Transcona. Based...

Information Session on SW Rapid Transitway

Information Session on SW Rapid Transitway

Citizens are invited to attend a public information session, hosted by the City of Winnipeg, to view the plans for the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2).  City staff will be on hand to provide information on design plans, project elements, and construction...

Purchase of Manitoba Hydro Transmission Corridor Lands

Purchase of Manitoba Hydro Transmission Corridor Lands

Here's a brief summary of my position and how I voted at the June 15th, 2016 City Council meeting regarding the purchase of the Manitoba Hydro transmission corridor lands for the Southwest Rapid Transitway (Stage 2) and Pembina Highway Underpass Project: I support...

Update on Winnipeg Transit

Update on Winnipeg Transit

These articles prepared by CBC News and Winnipeg Free Press provide a good update on new developments at Winnipeg Transit.  Currently, Winnipeg Transit is  still in the early stages of addressing the emissions challenges.  It will be critical that we see positive...

2016 Approved Budget Impact – Handi-Transit

2016 Approved Budget Impact – Handi-Transit

Funding for an updated Handi-Transit Scheduling System was approved in the City's 2016 budget.  The current system (iRide) has been identified as needing replacement, as it was custom written in 2002. Research has been undertaken by Handi-Transit over the past two...

2016 Preliminary Budget – Transit in South Winnipeg-St. Norbert

2016 Preliminary Budget – Transit in South Winnipeg-St. Norbert

The transit overview in the 2016 preliminary budget offers some very positive highlights and some ongoing challenges faced by Winnipeg Transit. HIGHLIGHTS The Rapid Transit multi-year funding program begins with a tax increase of .33% for 10 years Province of Manitoba...

Winnipeg Transit to Return to Full Fall Service Schedule

Winnipeg Transit to Return to Full Fall Service Schedule

Beginning Tuesday, December 8, Winnipeg Transit will return to its full Fall service schedule restoring all  previously reduced service levels that had resulted from mechanical issues with emissions control systems.  Transit will continue to closely monitor the...

South Winnipeg To Get Better Transit — If There’s Money for It

South Winnipeg To Get Better Transit — If There’s Money for It

On September 21, 2015, I chaired a meeting of the Standing Policy Committee for Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works.  The meeting included discussion and review of a proposed plan to enhance transit service in South Winnipeg.  I've attached a copy of the two...

“Hard decisions” loom for City and Transit

“Hard decisions” loom for City and Transit

In the wake of an operational fiasco at Winnipeg Transit last week, the head of city hall's public works committee says Winnipeggers, and those elected to govern them, have to rethink their priorities in making ends meet. Coun. Janice Lukes (St. Norbert) said if...

Rapid Transit Research Project at U of M

Rapid Transit Research Project at U of M

An interesting article was just published in The Manitoban regarding a bus rapid transit research project being undertaken at the University of Manitoba.   The project will examine how municipalities across Canada make decisions about bus rapid transit (BRT).   As the...

Taking Action on Transit in Bridgwater & South Pointe

Taking Action on Transit in Bridgwater & South Pointe

A recent article in The Sou’Wester Community newspaper (see below) provides some insight on  Winnipeg Transit’s current position related to route expansion. I’d like to update you and provide you with additional information on what is occurring in the Bridgwater and...

UPDATE – Transit in Bridgwater and South Pointe

UPDATE – Transit in Bridgwater and South Pointe

On June 23, 2015, I chaired a meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works.  One of the issues on the agenda was the need for increased transit service in the communities of Bridgwater and South Pointe. The Winnipeg Public...

Transit Park & Ride Required for South Winnipeg

Transit Park & Ride Required for South Winnipeg

On May 28, 2015, the City of Winnipeg hosted a public information session on the Functional Design of Stage 2 of the Southwest Transitway at the CanadInns on Pembina Highway.  To review the information and display boards which were presented, see the link below:...

City Hall’s Communication System Challenging

City Hall’s Communication System Challenging

The city’s failure to promote an open house this week on the final leg of the southwest transitway corridor prompted one councilor to lament the inadequacies of the various communications elements within city hall.  Councillor Janice Lukes, chairwoman of the public...

City to unveil plans for Stage 2 of Southwest Transitway

City to unveil plans for Stage 2 of Southwest Transitway

Transit riders’ trips to Investors Group Field is in for a dramatic change as phase two of the city’s Southwest Transitway inches towards completion. On Thursday, Winnipeggers will get the first glimpse at how that trek will look. An open house will reveal the city’s...

Invitation: Rapid Transit Stage 2 Information Session

On Thursday May 28, Winnipeg Transit will host a drop in information session on the Functional Design of Stage 2 of the Southwest Transitway.  Project representatives will be available to explain the design and answer any questions.   3:30 to 9:00 p.m. on...

Stadium Pedestrian Path Takes Shape

Stadium Pedestrian Path Takes Shape

The road leading to Investors Group Field is on the path to a $1.3-million overhaul.  As part of the city's 2015 pedestrian and cycling plan, a pathway on Chancellor Matheson Road -- from Investors Group Field to Pembina Highway -- is being proposed to deal with...

Transit U-Pass Approved For Students

Transit U-Pass Approved For Students

Improving transit service in the South Winnipeg–St. Norbert Ward is one of my top ten priorities. On March 25, 2015, I supported members of City Council as they approved the “U-Pass”, a special transit pass for students at the University of Winnipeg and University of...

Increased Transit Service to Bridgwater/South Pointe Communities

Increased Transit Service to Bridgwater/South Pointe Communities

On January 19, I brought forward a motion (Increase Transit Motion 2015) to have the Winnipeg Public Service research and report back (in 120 days) on their findings related to improving transit service in these communities.  A motion is a formal request to ‘get the...

Want Winnipeg Transit buses in Waverley West? Call 311

Want Winnipeg Transit buses in Waverley West? Call 311:  Despite a big jump in the population of the Bridgwater Lakes area, there is no bus service available.  Area resident Lori says she has expressed has her concerns to the City of Winnipeg.  "My frustration, (and...

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City Councillor
South Winnipeg-St.Norbert Ward
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