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October 25, 2019


City seeks public input on proposed new transit network design and proposed new routes

New network design proposes a shift to a network of frequent transit routes, including several Rapid Transit corridors

Released: 11:00 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Residents are invited to weigh in on major changes to the transit network in Phase Two of public engagement on the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan.

Winnipeg’s transit needs to change to move the most people where they want to go, quickly and reliably. To make transit more efficient, frequent, and reliable, we are proposing a new transit network and proposed new routes, based on what we heard in the first phase of public engagement and what we learned from analyzing how Winnipeggers travel around the city.

The proposed new network emphasizes frequent, reliable transit on major streets throughout Winnipeg, and includes several rapid transit corridors as the backbone of the transit system. This includes a recommended alignment for the Eastern Rapid Transit Corridor through the Point Douglas neighbourhood.

In this phase of public engagement, we want to hear from Winnipeggers about what they think of the proposed new network and proposed new routes to help inform the draft plan to be presented to Council for its consideration. There are several ways to get involved, including community conversations, drop-in events, workshops, and an online survey.

Work on the Transit Master Plan will continue throughout the year, with an anticipated completion date in 2020.

For more information on the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan and how you can get involved and provide feedback, please visit:

Southbound Garry Street from Ellice Avenue to Portage Avenue temporarily closed this Sunday

Released: 11:30 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Southbound Garry Street from Ellice Avenue to Portage Avenue will be temporarily closed from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. this Sunday, October 27 for crane work.

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

For Transit re-route and schedule information, follow @transitalerts or contact 311.

For regular updates on City of Winnipeg lane closures and to view lane closures on an interactive map, please visit City of Winnipeg - Regional Lane Closures.

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Winnipeg to host leaders from Francophone and Francophile communities

Released: 2:31 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg will welcome leaders from French-speaking communities throughout the Americas, as it plays host to the annual rendez-vous of the Francophone and Francophile Cities Network (FFCN) September 17 & 18, 2020. This year’s theme is Toward a booming Francophonie, and attendees will discuss a variety of issues including economic development, and destination marketing and tourism, among others.

“Winnipeg has a large francophone community rooted in rich culture and heritage that goes back many, many years,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “It is a pleasure to welcome the FFCN to our city to explore ways we can collaborate toward more tourism, economic development and cultural benefits.”

“I’m excited to welcome leaders from French-speaking communities to our wonderful city,” said Matt Allard, Councillor for St. Boniface and Council’s Francophone Liaison. “Our community is a microcosm of la Francophonie itself, and I can’t wait to share with all attendees the story of how our vibrant and strong Franco-Manitoban community is woven into the larger story of la Francophonie worldwide.”

About the FFCN
In 2008, the mayor of Quebec City suggested creating a continental network for municipalities to share their history, heritage, experience, and expertise. The mayors of Moncton, and Lafayette, Louisiana welcomed the idea. In 2015, the three founding cities partnered with the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques to create the Francophone and Francophile Cities Network (FFCN).

Today, the FFCN is comprised of 152 member cities from nine Canadian provinces, 17 U.S. states, Haiti, Martinique, and Guadeloupe.

The FFCN enables members to work together and collaborate to create links that generate tourism, economic, and cultural benefits for cities and their communities

For more information on the conference, see: City of Winnipeg – FFCN

October 25, 2019