In the time of COVID-19, some may feel uncomfortable riding public transit.
On Sept. 6, all three routes of the Downtown Spirit were terminated. As Winnipeg’s only free bus line, its fleet covered popular downtown destinations including The Forks, the University of Winnipeg and parts of the Exchange District for inner-city residents, commuters and tourists.
Neighbourhood change, especially in trendy, upscale neighbourhoods, is a heated topic across Canada. But Green Party of Canada leadership hopeful Glen Murray’s take on the issue is at odds with the party’s climate goals.
Transportation has been a relevant issue in Winnipeg well beyond the past decade. The Uniter has covered this topic in depth, as it remains an issue of great importance for all Winnipeggers, especially students. Our coverage has focused extensively on safety, affordability and efficiency related to buses, taxis and ride-hailing services.
As the provincial government reacts to COVID-19, their responses will be impacted by the state of Manitoba’s healthcare system prior to the virus' arrival in Manitoba and the provincial budget.
New U of W chancellor // Support for Manitoba tenants // Wellness checks during pandemic // UWSA’s response to COVID-19 // Employment insurance top-up during pandemic // Transit union calls for improvements
In the last few months, Winnipeg Transit went from working with students to revise and consider expanding the U-Pass discount student plan to unceremoniously dumping the program with no explanation other than the inevitability of budget cuts.
On Friday, March 6, the City of Winnipeg tabled their 2020 to 2023 budget, which included increases in road-repair spending, decreases in community grants and reductions in library hours.
On Nov. 4, the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure of the City of Winnipeg voted to move forward with the recommendations of a report outlining changes to the Winnipeg Transit U-Pass.
When it comes to intercity transportation, labour organizer and host of Rank and File Radio - Prairies Emily Leedham says there’s “a culture shift that needs to happen, and that’s what we hope to accomplish with the (audio) documentary,” Still Waiting for the Bus: The Unnatural Death of Prairie Intercity Transit.