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Committee endorses bus corridor project

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Bus rapid transit station at Osborne. The city of Winnipeg is planning to expand its bus rapid transit system.

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The controversial bus corridor project was endorsed by a civic committee this morning, despite overwhelming opposition expressed by members of the public who presented at the public meeting.

Members of the public who spoke at the meeting expressed concern mostly on the corridor's route through sensitive wetlands, known as the Parker lands.

But Coun. Jenny Gerbasi said the route had already been approved by council.

The public meeting was held to consider the business case of the public-private partnership that is being proposed as the method to design, construct and build the corridor project.

The committee was split, with Coun. Justin Swandel voting against.

Swandel said he supports bus rapid transit but also opposed the Parker route and argued the project could be improved if work was put on hold until the CNR rail lines along Pembina Highway are removed.

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Updated on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 1:03 PM CDT: Clarifies that it was members of the public who presented at the meeting who were mostly opposed.

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