Transit improvements coming to St. Vital

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This article was published 09/03/2020 (940 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

When I was growing up in the Pulberry area of St. Vital in the ’70s, we often took the feeder bus that ran along St. Vital Road. The bus route had no number but it had the unfortunate nickname of “the San”, as its terminus was St. Amant Centre or “the sanitorium”, in the vocabulary of the day.  

A version of that route still exists but it is now known as the 76 bus. I am pleased to say that we have updated our name for the route and on April 12 we will be updating service levels on the same route.

 
With the opening of the new Southwest Bus Rapid Transit corridor in April 2020, many city bus routes are changing. This includes St. Vital’s 76, which will now be known as the 676.  

The route will continue to run from St. Vital Centre along Dakota Street, St. Mary’s, Road St. Vital Road, River Road then over the bridge to Pembina Highway. It will then drop passengers at the new Chancellor BRT station, where they can transfer to a frequent-service bus into the University of Manitoba. The bus will then retrace its steps to get back to St. Vital Centre.

This will require a transfer at Pembina or Chancellor BRT to get into the U of M, which is admittedly an inconvenience.

 
The current 51 route, which runs directly from St. Vital Centre to the U of M will be eliminated. But service on 676 will be much better than on current 76.  

First, the bus will run every 10 minutes during morning and afternoon rush hours (this should please parents of Collège Jeanne-Sauve students, many of whom take the bus to get to school). It will run every 35 minutes during the rest of the day but service will run until 10:30 p.m., which should please students at University of Manitoba (and their parents) who have complained in past about a lack of transit options for those with evening classes. The bus will run every 35 minutes on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday service (every 35 minutes) will now be available for the first time, running from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.  

This route has a long history in St. Vital (it even ran down Parkville Drive for a day or so in the 1960s), and I am pleased that it will now fit in with the brand-new bus rapid transit corridor. 

Brian Mayes

Brian Mayes
St. Vital ward report

Brian Mayes is the city councillor for St. Vital.

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