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June 10, 2016

Say hello to peggo!

Winnipeg Transit launches new electronic reloadable fare card system

Released: 12:32 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Today, Winnipeg Transit launched its new electronic fare collection system ‘peggo’ which will operate on all transit buses using reloadable fare cards and readers. The new fare card will be rolled out in phases, with seniors as the first group to use their peggo cards starting July 4, followed by full fare and youth passengers in early August.

“Moving to the use of reusable plastic cards for transit will be more efficient for riders and drivers alike,” said Indigenous and Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clark-. -“Whether riders use electronic passes or load cash onto their cards, it will make it easier for people to choose to use Winnipeg Transit.”

“The City of Winnipeg is committed to providing Winnipeggers with convenient, reliable and accessible transit,” said Councillor Janice Lukes. “The new electronic fare collection system is simple and easy to use and will improve the transit experience for both riders and operators.”

The peggo card is quick, convenient and easy to use. Riders will simply tap their card against the peggo card reader on the farebox, wait for the beep, and go.

peggo cards can be purchased in person at any 7-Eleven or Shoppers Drug Mart store, online or over the phone.

There are two types of fares which can be loaded onto peggo cards:

  • e-passes - replace paper passes and are valid for an unlimited number of trips during a set number of consecutive days. Transit offers e-passes that range from 24 hours in length all the way up to an annual pass.
  • e-cash - replaces paper tickets. Riders can load e-cash onto their peggo cards, which deducts e-cash fares from the card when it is tapped on the farebox. When paying using e-cash, a 75-minute transfer is automatically loaded onto the peggo card so paper transfers are no longer required.

Riders will still be able to pay cash for fares.

peggo card can be purchased for $5, but for a limited time, riders can receive a $5 e-cash rebate. If a rider registers their peggo card online during the launch period and then uses the card within 90 days of purchase, the $5 cost of the card will be transferred to the card as e-cash.

The total budget for the new electronic fare collection system, which included the installation of new fare boxes, is $17.7 million.

The province is providing a total of $7 million to the City of Winnipeg for the new automated Transit Fare Collection System through the Manitoba Winnipeg Infrastructure Fund.

For more information, visit or contact 311, available 24 hours every day by phone at 311 or by email at

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Reminder: Tomorrow is By-Election day

Released: 1:19 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Tomorrow is By-Election Day for School Trustees in the School Divisions of River East Transcona (Ward 3), St. James-Assiniboia (King Edward-Deer Lodge Ward) and Louis Riel (Ward 2). Polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Eligible voters must vote at the designated voting locations within the School Division in which they reside, as identified on their Voters Notice. Eligible voters who did not receive a Voters Notice can vote at their designated voting place and take an Oath prior to voting. All voters are required to present identification.

To find out your specific voting location on By-Election Day:

  • Check your Voters Notice (the designated voting location can be found in the large purple box and additional opportunities appear on the left hand column); or
  • Go to the 2016 By-Election website at and click on ‘WHERE DO I VOTE?” and type in your address. The information will be located under ELECTION DAY POLL; or
  • Call 311.

Identification Requirements

All voters are reminded that they are required to bring identification, such as a driver’s license, which shows name and current address, when they come to vote. If a voter does not have valid government issued photo identification that shows their name and current address, two documents that together prove name and current address will be required.

Further information regarding the by-election is available by contacting the City of Winnipeg Contact Centre at 311 or on the website at

Complete closure of Ellice Avenue from Sherbrook Street to Langside Street on Saturday, June 11

Motorists should use alternate routes and allow additional travel time

Released: 1:53 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Ellice Avenue between Sherbrook Street and Langside Street will be completely closed to vehicular traffic from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 11.

The closure is required for the Ellice Street Festival and pedestrian sidewalk access will be maintained throughout the day.

Motorists should allow additional travel time to get to their destinations, and use alternate routes.

For Transit re-route and schedule information, visit or contact 311, available 24 hours every day by phone at 311 or by email at .

Winnipeggers invited to view and provide feedback on preferred designs for two pedestrian and cycling projects

Join us at the Downtown Bike Lane System and West Alexander Cycling Corridor projects event on June 23 or provide feedback online

Released: 2:39 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Winnipeggers are invited to view and provide feedback on preferred designs for two pedestrian and cycling projects: the Downtown Bike Lane System and West Alexander Cycling Corridor projects.

An in-person pop-up engagement event will take place on June 23 at The Forks where residents can view the preferred design options, speak with members of the project team, provide feedback and ask questions. If residents are unable to attend the in-person event, the preferred design options can be viewed at and feedback can be provided through an online survey.

In September 2015, the City of Winnipeg initiated a public engagement process to receive input on the Downtown Bike Lane System and the West Alexander Pedestrian and Cycling Corridor projects. The public has provided a great deal of feedback through a public engagement website, stakeholder meetings, community workshops, tire talks and open houses. Feedback received during this process has been incorporated into preferred design options, which include a two-way protected bike lane on Garry Street and a two-way protected bike lane on McDermot Avenue.

Pop-up engagement event details:
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Time: 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Location: The Forks (South Atrium)

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June 10, 2016