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Committee delays vote on transit corridor route

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A city committee has delayed a vote on the proposed route for the second leg of Winnipeg's rapid-transit corridor amid concerns Fort Garry residents haven't had enough time to assess the potential impact on their neighbourhood.

Last Friday, the city released an administrative report recommending Winnipeg extend the second phase of the Southwest Transitway west through the Parker Lands, then southeast along a Manitoba Hydro corridor. The transit report said the proposed route will have less impact on traffic and will allow buses to travel faster, as there are fewer road crossings. It is also expected to attract more riders from future housing developments in the Parker Lands and adjacent areas and improve transit connections to Linden Woods and new commercial developments near Kenaston Boulevard and the Sterling Lyon Parkway.

Some members of council said residents affected by the proposed corridor have not had enough time to review the 100-plus page report.

This morning, council's public works committee voted to lay over the matter until February.

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