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City plans transit discount for Bombers games

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City hall is planning to offer a steep discount to the Winnipeg Football Club for the fees charged for its charter bus service to events at the Investors Group Field stadium.

The discounted offer came after six months of negotiations when Blue Bombers team officials told the city they were not prepared to pay the full charter transit fees, which sources said cost the team $1.3 million in 2013.

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Information provided to councillors at a private seminar earlier this week outlined the city’s offer to the Blue Bombers, which includes:

  •  A discount of 42.3 per cent off of Winnipeg Transit’s charter rate in 2014, rising to 44.7 per cent in 2015.
  • The discount will cost the city $750,000 for 2014; and $950,000 in 2015.
  • The discount will only be offered if the province agrees to cover 50 per cent of the discount.

Wade Miller, football team president and CEO, said he spent the past six months negotiating the deal with city hall, adding the new rate is good for the team, its fans and the city.

Miller said he understood the deal will be presented to council at Wednesday meeting.

"We can’t sustain paying $1.1 million to $1.3 million (for transit services) every year," Miller said. "So we negotiated an agreement with the City of Winnipeg."

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Updated on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 9:47 PM CDT: Changes headline.

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