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A proposal for the completion of the bus rapid transit corridor moves to council next week, where it's also expected to pass.

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The completion of the bus rapid transit corridor earned support from senior councillors this morning but not before the plan came under heavy criticism.

Mayor Sam Katz and his executive policy committee (EPC) voted 4-1 to endorse the controversial $590 million project.

The proposal moves to council next week, where it's also expected to pass.

Coun. Justin Swandel (St. Norbert) was the only EPC member to vote against the proposal, claiming the project was being rushed when more time is needed to make it better.

Voting for the proposal were Katz and councillors Brian Mayes (St. Vital), Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas) and Russ Wyatt (Transcona).

Coun. John Orlikow, not a member of EPC, told the committee he supports rapid transit but believes this proposal is faulty, citing concerns over the route and the decision to have a private firm design, build and maintain he corridor.

Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry) said he was also concerned there is no plan on how to finance the project.

Wyatt said he shared many of concerns over the project but added the city could not afford to delay.

"Doing nothing is not an option," Wyatt said.

 

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

 

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