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This article was published 19/9/2014 (2122 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
On the day many Winnipeggers are focused on the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Gord Steeves stood in front of the Osborne Street transit station and challenged -- again -- the other mayoral candidates to explain how they will finance their rapid transit promises.
Steeves targeted two opponents: asking Judy Wasylycia-Leis where she will find the funds to repay the $225-million debt for the city's share of the project; and how Brian Bowman will not only pay for the completion of the current line to the U of M but his promise to complete a city-wide network of five additional transit corridors by 2030.
"They haven't been honest with voters on this issue," Steeves said Friday morning.
Of the mayoral candidates, only Steeves said rapid transit isn't a priority for Winnipeg.
City hall has begun the process for completion of the BRT line. It's looking to hire a project manager to steer the project and has formally asked the construction industry to express interest in bidding for the design, construction and 30-year maintenance agreement.
Steeves said he doesn't believe the development community has bought into the rapid transit concept for Winnipeg and he's not concerned about any investments they might have made based on the city's commitment to complete the line to the U of M campus.
Steeves also said he's sending a letter to all council candidates, asking them to make BRT an issue in their elections.
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