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Transit advocates set priorities for candidates in advance of civic election

Functional Transit Winnipeg will urge mayoral and council candidates to commit to increased funding for transit operating costs, adopting a frequent service network and improved safety measures for drivers and passengers. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)</p>

Functional Transit Winnipeg will urge mayoral and council candidates to commit to increased funding for transit operating costs, adopting a frequent service network and improved safety measures for drivers and passengers. (Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press)

An advocacy group is launching a campaign to ensure transit is a priority in the upcoming civic election.

Functional Transit Winnipeg says it will be urging mayoral and council candidates to commit to three key initiatives: increased funding for operating costs; adopting a frequent service network, which would ensure riders have to wait no longer than 10 minutes for a bus; and improved safety measures for drivers and passengers.

“We’re reminding folks that this is the time to let your candidates know that we’ve got to do something about transit,” said Joseph Kornelsen, president of the group

“They key thing we’re looking (for) from candidates is addressing the funding shortfall for transit in Winnipeg.”

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An advocacy group is launching a campaign to ensure transit is a priority in the upcoming civic election.

Functional Transit Winnipeg says it will be urging mayoral and council candidates to commit to three key initiatives: increased funding for operating costs; adopting a frequent service network, which would ensure riders have to wait no longer than 10 minutes for a bus; and improved safety measures for drivers and passengers.

"We’re reminding folks that this is the time to let your candidates know that we’ve got to do something about transit," said Joseph Kornelsen, president of the group

"They key thing we’re looking (for) from candidates is addressing the funding shortfall for transit in Winnipeg."

Kornelsen said Ottawa and Edmonton are spending about $220 million on transit — in addition to fare revenue — but Winnipeg is spending only $65 million. On a per capita basis, city hall should be providing $170 million for transit, he said.

Functional Transit Winnipeg wants to hear how candidates will make up the funding gap, Kornelsen said.

The group doesn’t plan to endorse any candidates in the Oct. 24 election, but it will let its members know which candidates are focusing on transit issues.

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Aldo Santin is a veteran newspaper reporter who first carried a pen and notepad in 1978 and joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1986, where he has covered a variety of beats and specialty areas including education, aboriginal issues, urban and downtown development. Santin has been covering city hall since 2013.

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