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Motkaluk Would Freeze Winnipeg Transit Fares for Four Years

October 22, 2018 7:36 AM | News

Jenny Motkaluk

Mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — In her final pitch to voters, mayoral candidate Jenny Motkaluk promised to freeze Winnipeg Transit fares for four years, if elected.

In a release late Sunday, Motkaluk said the recent $0.25 fare hike on January 1 has had a “detrimental effect on bus ridership.”

“The mayor (Brian Bowman) saw a $6 million budget shortfall due to reduced bus ridership and decided to further exacerbate the issue by dramatically hiking fares to shore up the loss,” Motkaluk said.

“That’s an appalling cash grab on the backs of transit riders.”

In another campaign pledge, the business consultant committed to creating Operation Clean Sweep, a targeted garbage and litter clean-up initiative twice per year at a cost of $90,000.

“It’s our city and the reality of who and what we are is often about the image we portray. So if we want to be a cleaner and greener city we have to roll up our sleeves and start by picking up the garbage and litter. It’s that simple.”

Voters head to the polls on Wednesday.