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Access to public transit is important to Winnipeg and is key to building a healthy vibrant city.
The introduction of a carbon tax in Manitoba is a great opportunity to fight climate change and invest in green and active transportation.
Across the country, support for public transit is seen as an important part of any carbon-reduction plan. Unfortunately, last year the provincial government ended the 50/50 transit funding arrangement with municipalities and froze funding at 2016 levels. This left a $10-million dollar gap in our city’s transit budget forcing a fare increase.
With your help and in my role as a member of the executive policy committee, I was able to persuade Mayor Bowman and other committee members to not cut transit route services. I was also able to get the City to look at introducing a "low income bus pass" program to improve access.
Investments in public transit and active transportation infrastructure would benefit our city in many ways. It would help us reduce our carbon footprint and promote healthier and active lifestyles. A report looking into the results of introducing four electric buses into Winnipeg Transit in 2014 recommends electrifying the entire diesel bus fleet. Transitioning to electric buses would cut emissions and create jobs right here in Winnipeg.
Last fall our community came together to create a plan for the Banning/Ruby Street Greenway Project. Work will continue this summer on this pedestrian and bike-friendly path to encourage traffic to slow down and improve safety for children and families that use the corridor.
Daniel McIntyre was one of the first neighbourhoods in our city to have a cycling corridor and together we were able to get barricades back up for Sunday cyclists in Wolseley so they can enjoy their bike ride without worries of automobile traffic.
A healthy environment is essential to a healthy community. We all want to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint and fight climate change. Let’s invest in public transit and active transportation to help plan for our next generation.
Daniel McIntyre city council ward report
Cindy Gilroy is the city councillor for Daniel McIntyre.