These are the dates for the Osborne closure

Saturday, May 28th 06:00 to Sunday, May 29th 22:00

Saturday, June 4th 06:00 to Sunday, June 5th 22:00

Friday, June 10th 20:00 to Monday, June 13th 04:00; and if required,

Friday, June 24th 20:00 to Monday, June 27th 04:00

All Route 16 SELKIRK-OSBORNEbuses will continue to operate regular route. However, during all of the above noted closures only one lane will be available for buses and emergency vehicles to pass through the work zone at the Osborne Street railway underpass. Flagmen will be inattendance at Jessie and Mulvey to guide buses through the barricadesand alternate through the single lane operation.?Not-In-Service? garage-deadheadbuses can also use this routing to access or egress Fort Rouge Garage. Cooperation will be appreciated. ?Thks

Info courtesy of Winnipeg Transit

Osborne Street to close weekends for transit construction

Part of Osborne Street south will be closed to traffic for the next four weekends to install part of the Southwest Rapid Transit corridor overpass.

City officials say Osborne Street South between Pembina Highway/Corydon Avenue and Mulvey Avenue East will be closed on May 28 and June 4 between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. It will also be closed between June 10 at 8 p.m. and June 13 at 4 a.m., and if required, between June 24 at 8 p.m. to June 27 at 4 a.m.

The closure will accommodate girder and truss installation for the rapid transit corridor.

The busway will run from Queen Elizabeth Way near The Forks to Jubille Avenue at Pembina Highway, and includes a new bridge over Osborne Street and a tunnel below the Fort Rouge railyards.

The $138-million project will be finished before the end of the year, but Winnipeg Transit officials have said buses won?t be up and running on the corridor until April 2012.

Transit buses will continue to operate their normal routes through the closure, but other vehicles will not be able to access the area. Pedestrians and transit passengers should expect delays, and motorists are advised to allow additional travel time and use alternate routes such as Jubilee Avenue and Pembina Highway.

From Winnipeg Free Press



Beginning on Thursday, May 26th, 2011 at 06:00 construction crews working on the Chief Peguis Traileastern extension will close the northbound lane of Gateway Road between Jim Smith and Sun Valley tofacilitate work on Stage One. This Stage One construction work is expected to last until Wednesday, June 1,2011, at which time crews will then close the southbound lane of Gateway Road between Jim Smith andSun Valley to facilitate work on Stage Two. This Stage Two construction work is expected to last untilWednesday, June 8, 2011.During all of this construction, Transit service will be temporarily re-routed as follows:11 KILDONAN VIA ROTHESAYDuring Stage One construction, outbound buses will operate via eastbound Gilmore, left on Raleigh, intoMcIvor Loop. Inbound leaving McIvor loop via northbound on Raleigh, right on McIvor, right on Gateway,right on Springfield, right on Raleigh, left on Donwood and back to regular route.During Stage Two construction, outbound buses will operate via eastbound Gilmore, left on Raleigh, intoMcIvor Loop. Inbound leaving McIvor loop via northbound on Raleigh, right on McIvor, right on Gateway,right on Springfield, right on Raleigh, left on Donwood and back to regular route.11 KILDONAN VIA DONWOODDuring Stage One construction, outbound buses will operate via eastbound Donwood, left on Raleigh, intoMcIvor Loop. Inbound leaving McIvor loop via southbound on Raleigh, right on Gilmore and back to regularroute.During Stage Two construction, outbound buses will operate via eastbound Donwood, right on Raleigh, lefton Springfield, left on Gateway, left on McIvor, left on Raleigh and into McIvor Loop. Inbound leaving McIvorLoop via southbound Raleigh, right on Gilmore and back to regular route.Route 85During Stage One and Stage Two construction buses will operate via Raleigh in both directions.Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this construction.

Info from Winnipeg Transit


Selkirk’s transit system makes first run Monday



Roy Sveinson will drive Selkirk Transit's first bus.

SELKIRK — At 6 a.m. Monday, driver Roy Sveinson will make history behind the wheel of Selkirk’s first public transit bus run.

“I was a highway driver for 35 years,” said Sveinson, one of Selkirk Transit’s three drivers, who is looking forward to being closer to home and the first to welcome Selkirk transit riders aboard.

“Age before beauty,” joked fellow driver Dean Bird, who would’ve liked the inaugural run. Sveinson, Bird and Gerald Mayo will operate Selkirk’s transit bus six days a week — from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

There will be no service on Sunday or holidays.

And there will be no charge until Canada Day.

Starting July 2, fares are $2 for everyone, except children five and under.

“It signals a coming of age for our city,” said Duane Nicol, the deputy mayor who led the project. It’s taken more than six years to get Selkirk residents a municipal bus service. Selkirk’s population has decreased from 9,752 in 2001 to 9,515 in 2006, according to the last census.

Nicol said the community will attract more people and investment — whether seniors housing or industry — with reliable municipal transit.

“Now, you either walk, cab it, or get a friend to drive you,” said Selkirk resident Joe Swieszko. The retired Winnipeg bus driver was on the task force trying to get a transit system for Selkirk six years ago.

“I volunteered because they really needed help,” he said. He left after one year because he found the process agonizingly slow. “They discussed things to death.”

Swieszko is glad the idea didn’t die, though.

“This will be an added convenience here for lots of people,” he said at the Selkirk fire hall, where he watched the ribbon-cutting ceremony with the mayor, a cabinet minister, the area MLA and Nicol, who saw the project through to the end.

“When this whole thing started, I didn’t have grey hair,” said Nicol.

The province’s funding commitment is what sealed the deal, he said.

The province will cover half of the $180,000 annual operating cost, Nicol said.

Manitoba’s 50-50 transit funding partnership also provides financial support to public transit in Flin Flon, Thompson, Brandon and Winnipeg.

Selkirk doesn’t have Winnipeg’s traffic or crowds but its bus drivers will still have a challenge, said Winnipeg Transit’s John Vagi, who trained them.

“Selkirk is a small town where everybody knows everybody,” said Vagi.

He figures it won’t be long before one of the drivers will be asked by a passenger, “Can you just drop me off at my house?”

They’ll have to say no unless it’s on the route, Vagi said.

The federal gas tax and public transit trust allocations are providing startup capital funding of $187,500 for a new bus, bus stops and shelters.

The municipality has two Handi-Transit-sized and wheelchair-accessible buses, and will use one at a time except during peak periods.

They will collect real-time data to determine peak demand times.


Busway set to roll next April

Completion expected by end of year — Tunnel construction underway now

Winnipeg’s first dedicated busway won’t be ready to roll until April 2012, even though it is expected construction will be completed on schedule this year.

Winnipeg Transit buses running between downtown and Fort Garry will be able to bypass the traffic around Confusion Corner next spring by using the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor, a 3.6-kilometre busway that runs from Queen Elizabeth Way near The Forks to Jubilee Avenue at Pembina Highway.

Work on the $138-million project, which includes a new bridge over Osborne Street and a tunnel below the Fort Rouge rail yards, will be finished before the end of 2011, Winnipeg Transit director Dave Wardrop said.

But buses won’t run on the corridor until April 2012, after Winnipeg Transit tinkers with its annual schedule.

“We don’t put it in service until we have our regular transit changes,” Wardrop said Friday in an interview. “The construction is expected to be completed at the end of 2011 as planned and service will be on pace for the first transit changes.”

Winnipeg Transit is not certain precisely how many buses that normally run between downtown and Fort Garry will be diverted away from Donald Street, Osborne Street and Pembina Highway to the city’s first rapid-transit corridor, which is designed to keep buses separate from all other vehicles.

The actual busway is nearing completion. Surface sections of the corridor are all but complete and construction is underway on the south side of the corridor’s 200-metre tunnel, which runs below the Fort Rouge Yards south of Warsaw Avenue.

Within weeks, the first girders that will form the busway bridge will be laid over Osborne Street south of Confusion Corner, Wardrop said. The largest of three bus stations will be built on top of this bridge.

Two other transit-corridor stations are planned for Harkness Street, near Queen Elizabeth Way, and the west end of Morley Avenue in Fort Rouge.

A fourth transit station may be built near Jubilee Avenue as part of the residential redevelopment of the Fort Rouge Yards. But that station is not in the bus corridor’s budget, Wardrop cautioned.

Work on the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor began in 2009, financed by all three levels of government. When the project was announced, Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz portrayed it as a prelude to a light-rail corridor that would be “just around the corner,” while former premier Gary Doer’s administration proposed the construction of a second phase that would extend the corridor six kilometres south to the University of Manitoba campus.

In 2008, the province hoped the second phase would be built between 2012 and 2014 at a cost of $189 million. Katz subsequently pegged that cost at $220 million before declining a federal-provincial offer to build the second phase of the bus corridor.

In 2010, Katz explained the other levels of government were not offering enough money to cover the cost of the busway and would prefer to see infrastructure dollars spent on road and bridge projects. He said he was pursuing a plan for a light-rail network.

As a result of the intergovernmental dispute, the second phase of the Southwest Rapid Transit Corridor remains in limbo.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 24, 2011 B1




Starers: No Pants Bus/subway Ride
Everyone zones out at times, especially when you?re relaxed on the ride home (as much as you can be on an often crowded and loud vehicle). The three-count realization rule is finite if you want to avoid being labelled menacing or pervy. Once you?ve surfaced from your iPod haze, you have three seconds to change your focus to something else. Linger longer and you cross over into creepy starer territory.
Note: If you actually are attempting to check someone out, it still counts as staring if you do it in a window reflection. My eyes are up here, man across the aisle. 

Starers should consider:
The No Pants Subway Ride. It?s an annual January event that started in 2002 in New York City. This year, over 48 cities across the world participated. It?s pretty self-explanatory. Get on the subway without pants on and carry about your business as if you leave the house half-naked every day (unless you do, in which case it will be less exciting). Starers can cram a year?s worth of their fix into this ride. You?ll blend right in among shocked and awed non-participants.?(credit: Improv Everywhere)






PDA offenders: Love Bus
The daily grind has a signature symphony: the sounds of rush hour traffic, early birds? chatter and night owls? reluctant grumbles, caffeine and sugar being wolfed down. A strange sound can disrupt the well-oiled orchestra. Lips smacking, tongues slurping and heavy petting are melodies best kept behind closed doors. Unfortunately, that couple across from you competing to see whose tonsils taste better didn?t seem to get the memo. Ironically similar to a car accident, you don?t want to look, but you just can?t stop.

PDA offenders should pair up with:
The Love Bus. This year, R-Line transit of Raleigh, North Carolina celebrated Valentine?s Day with a romantically-themed bus and tour. The route consisted of Valentine?s Day destinations and riders were treated to gift bags, raffles and serenades from local singing groups. If you?re not into sightseeing, at least PDA is probably encouraged, or at least admired as a side effect.?(credit: Getty Images)