Money earmarked to complete the second phase of bus rapid transit could be better spent on traffic synchronization, says Gord Steeves.
The Winnipeg mayoral candidate on Friday said synchronizing traffic lights will reduce traffic jams, cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of life for all citizens.
“We can do a lot to make Winnipeg a greater place to live by simply upgrading our traffic lights,” Steeves said. “It will mean less time in our cars and more time enjoying the many amenities this city has to offer.”
Steeves cited a city audit that shows for every dollar spent on traffic synchronization, $40 is return to the community.
Steeves would begin his plan focused on downtown traffic lights and progress throughout the city.
Also on the campaign trail, candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette announced a new e-book called, “The Purple Book: Policies for Everyone.” The document includes all of his campaign announcements up to this point to make it easy for voters to see his stance on transit, taxes, infrastructure, environment and housing.
He also invited the public to send in their own ideas for the city through his website. The best idea, as chosen by Ouellette, will become an official policy.