Winnipeg will move ahead on the second phase of its rapid-transit corridor after city council approved a route around Fort Garry neighbourhoods.
This afternoon, council voted 11-5 to extend the second leg of the Southwest Transitway west through the Parker lands then southeast along a Manitoba Hydro corridor. The city examined installing a busway south along the Canadian National rail line west of Pembina but determined the dogleg route will have less impact on traffic and allow buses to travel faster because there are fewer road crossings and fewer expropriations needed.
The Parker route also ranked higher due to its ability to attract more riders from future transit-oriented development in the Parker lands.
The plan moved ahead despite opposition from area residents and some members of council who argued the city should not be so quick to dismiss the Letellier rail line option.