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Winnipeg Transit expanded into East St. Paul? Liberal MP developing plan

MaryAnn Mihychuk is preparing to take the idea to Winnipeg Transit

A Winnipeg Transit bus

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A Winnipeg Transit bus

Feedback from the doorstep during last fall’s election has one local Liberal Member of Parliament following up on a plan to extend Winnipeg Transit into East St. Paul.

MaryAnn Mihychuk said consultation is underway with members of the largely suburban community, located roughly a 20-minute drive outside the north east corner of the city, in regards to bringing transit services to the municipality.

“Over 70 per cent of those that we speak to are in support, and would like to see the extension of transit up in the community,” she said during a recent interview.

“Our intention is to meet with transit, which is going to be the next step. Is it possible? How would the deal look?”

Any extended service would likely come in the form of a park and ride program, according to Coun. Jeff Browaty, who says Mihychuk contacted him about the project.

Essentially, a park and ride system is where residents park their cars in designated lots on the outskirts of high traffic areas, and use public transit to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

Winnipeg Transit says it currently offers 12 such programs, but this could be the first-of-its-kind offered through a municipal partnership. 

Browaty says he isn’t sold on the idea just yet, and would need to see how it benefits the city, both financially and in terms of improved service.

“Any additional operating costs would have to be subsidized … by the [rural municipality.]”

If done properly, he believes it has the potential to increase bus frequency along Henderson Highway, “making it more of a transit-oriented development area.”

“There may be some benefit to having a park-and-ride just on the outskirts of the Winnipeg, Browaty said.

Mihychuk says she hopes for a plan to materialize in the next six months.

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