Manitoba

Rapid transit route approved by Winnipeg EPC

The City of Winnipeg is one step closer to developing the second leg of its rapid transit system.

Controversial bus route now only needs city council approval

The City of Winnipeg is poised to approve a controversial new rapid transit corridor after the executive policy committee approved the route on Wednesday. (Gary Solilak/CBC)

The City of Winnipeg is one step closer to developing the second leg of its rapid transit system.

On Wednesday, the city’s executive policy committee approved a controversial plan that would have the city’s southwest rapid transit corridor be built through the Parker Lands.

The plan calls for a bus corridor that detours off of Pembina Highway, runs along Parker Avenue and then returns to Pembina before extending to the University of Manitoba.

People who live near the Parker Lands have voiced concerns that the route could threaten environmentally sensitive wetlands.

A city committee approved the route last month. Now, with EPC approval, it can move on to a vote at city council.

If city council approves the project, development on the new rapid transit route can begin.

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