Rapid Transit: The Next Phase

  Existing Phase

Parker/Hydro Corridor Option


  • more opportunities for transit-oriented development;
  • fewer private properties required therefore lower land costs;
  • less neighbourhood impact;
  • easy to accommodate active transportation;
  • faster operating speeds; and
  • significant positive tax implications due to future new transit-oriented development opportunities.


  • longer distance on a dedicated corridor;
  • major negotiations with Manitoba Hydro required; and
  • potential impact on users of vacant Parker land and Hydro corridor.
  • In 2009 the city traded 58 acres of Parker lands property (pictured orange) to developer Gem Equities in exchange for 9 acres of land in Fort Rouge needed to build the first leg of Rapid Transit. If the city wants to build a transit corridor through the Parker lands they'll have to buy part of that land back for $17,000 an acre.

Letellier Option


  • shorter, more direct distance;
  • more service along Pembina Highway; and
  • more transit access for residences in the Maybank neighbourhood.


  • more at-grade intersections to cross, significantly impacting traffic on crossing streets;
  • no room for co-located active transportation;
  • negotiations and relocation of CN tracks required;
  • lower running speeds;
  • no opportunity for future full operational build-out;
  • immediate commercial and residential property impacts with significant property costs;
  • reduced incremental tax benefits to the City due to fewer new opportunities for transit oriented development; and
  • higher overall cost (construction and property).


Rapid Transit Virtual Tour

Welcome to Winnipeg's Southwest Transitway, a project 50 years in the making.

  • -Total cost of construction for this first phase: $138 million or about $38 million per kilometer for the 3.7 km length.
  • -Buses travel up to 80 km per hour, saving commuters an average of 10 minutes travel time.
  • -In all the Transitway affects 18 current bus routes, 13 of which will use all or part of the corridor.
  • -Planners hope phase of rapid transit will increase ridership by 15 to 20 per cent.
  • -Phase two will extend the corridor another six kilometers to U. of M. but there's no definite date for completion.
  • -Buses coming north along Pembina Hwy enter the corridor here.