WINNIPEG — The second stage of the southwest rapid transitway to the University of Manitoba and Investors Group Field is now open to riders.
The first piece of the transitway connects to Pembina Highway adjacent from South Park Drive just north of Markham Road. It has been named Bohemier Trail in honour of the Bohemier family, who moved from Quebec in 1884 and settled in the area.
WINNIPEG — The second phase of bus rapid transit is one step closer to being a done deal.
Manitoba Hydro has approved the sale of 16 acres of Crown land to the City of Winnipeg to complete the transit corridor south to the University of Manitoba. If approved by city council on Wednesday — for the asking price of $19 million — construction would begin this summer.
The majority of Winnipeggers don’t want to see the second phase of rapid transit to the University of Manitoba completed without having a say on the project.
A new Probe Research poll finds that 71 percent of those surveyed would like to vote on whether or not the southwest transitway comes to fruition. Of voters who identify themselves as being decided, 53 percent oppose funding the second phase altogether.
The survey also asked if citizens were in favour, or opposed to, the city’s current plan of spending $590 million to complete the second phase, which would extend south from Jubilee Avenue. Forty-two percent of those asked would vote to complete the megaproject, 11 percent weren’t sure or didn’t respond, and 47 percent voted “no” on a hypothetical plebiscite question — opposing the hundreds of millions needed to complete the work.