Fighting for Safe, Accessible Transit
New routes to connect Winnipeg’s growing communities: Smith
WINNIPEG — A re-elected PC government will provide $8.8 million over four years towards new Winnipeg Transit routes in underserved and growing areas of Winnipeg, Andrew Smith, PC candidate for Lagimodière, announced today.
“Our PC Team wants to see Winnipeg flourish,” said Smith. “Expanding new transit lines into fast growing, underserved areas on the outskirts of Winnipeg will encourage more people to use transit, help grow our population, and put us on the path to our Vision 2030 goals.”
A re-elected PC government will provide $2.2 million annually to support the Aurora, Castlebury Meadows, and Waterford Green transit lines in northern Winnipeg, as well as Prairie Pointe transit line in Waverley West, Smith noted.
“The closest bus stop to where I live is a 40-minute walk away,” said Catalina Garcia, a constituent in McPhillips. “I’m so glad Sheilah and the PCs are taking access to transit options in my community seriously. This will help me get to work a lot easier.”
“I’m hearing from people at the doors in the Aurora neighbourhood that it’s a two-kilometre walk just to reach the closest bus stop,” said Sheilah Restall, PC candidate for McPhillips. “People need to get to work, get to the grocery store, and access the rest of Winnipeg. I’m proud to be running for a team willing to step up for the constituents of McPhillips, and get these transit lines in service sooner.”
Today’s announcement builds on the PCs’ strong support for transit in Manitoba. In 2020, municipalities were provided with $34 million over two years targeting transit shortfalls that occurred during the economic downturn. This year, PCs put forward the Police Services Amendment Act, which expanded the scope and authority of community safety officers to enforce provincial statutes and bylaws, allowing municipalities to create teams of Community Safety Officers to target issues like transit safety. The City of Winnipeg appointed Robert Christmas, a long-serving Winnipeg Police Service officer, as the lead of the Community Safety Team earlier this week.
Advanced polls have opened and the provincial election will be held October 3rd, 2023.
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