First safety shields installed on Winnipeg Transit buses

Winnipeg’s first safety shields for transit drivers were put into service Thursday.The shields – which were recommended in a 2017 report to the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works – will be installed on all 630 city buses at a rate of 15 per week.READ MORE: Winnipeg Transit plans to install safety shields on all buses“I’m pleased that we’re following through on our promise to make operator safety a priority with the installation of shields,” said committee chair Coun. Matt Allard (St. Boniface).“Seeing those first few shield-equipped…

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Winnipeg transit planning free rides as legal job action begins

Your bus ride Tuesday could be free thanks to the Winnipeg’s transit union.The union has announced its members will be taking legal job action, as the union continues to sit without a contract.“We’ve been without a contract since January of this year and our members want the city to get serious and treat our members with respect,” said Aleem Chaudhary, ATU 1505 President.Story continues belowIts members overwhelmingly rejected the city’s offer over a month ago with 98 percent not in favor.READ MORE: Winnipeg Transit Union rejects contract offer from cityThis…

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Winnipeg Transit Plus bus repaired after photo of driver tying door closed with rope draws criticism

Winnipeg Transit Plus received some online criticism after a picture of a bus driver closing his door with rope was posted on social media.Here is my Winnipeg Transit Plus Driver tying his door shut with rope. @winnipegtransit please explain to me how that is safe or even legal. pic.twitter.com/G3L1qXacQX— Peter Tonge (@peteratonge) May 11, 2019It wasn’t just one rider who noticed the rope and was concerned about the situation.The sad state of the a Transit Plus bus…. pic.twitter.com/1OaWYa4EoO— X-Jets 2.0 (@mulvena_brad) May 11, 2019Coun. Shawn Nason saw the posts and…

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Winnipeg driver collides into Portage Avenue bus shelter

A Winnipeg driver crashed into a bus shelter on Tuesday morning.The shelter on Portage Avenue and Queen Street is now blocked off with police tape.READ MORE: Carjacked vehicle crashes near Sherbrook Street funeral homeTraffic is delayed on westbound Portage Avenue due to the collision.Crews are on scene, and there are no injuries reported.WATCH: Ambulance crash blocks Regent Avenue eastbound and Lagimodiere Boulevard northbound

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Justin Trudeau in Winnipeg on Tuesday to talk transit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to be in Winnipeg on Tuesday.Trudeau is slated to make an announcement about transit infrastructure, according to the government’s itinerary.READ MORE: Winnipeg Transit surplus $5 million higher than first predictedHe’ll be joined by the Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr.The PM is expected to make the announcement at the city’s Fort Rouge Transit Garage, in South Osborne.The announcement is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. CST, with questions from the media to follow.Help us improve Globalnews.caTake the survey now!Get daily local headlines and alerts

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Winnipeg Transit Union ‘won’t stop fighting’ after Brian Kyle Thomas’ guilty verdict

The Winnipeg Transit Union is speaking out after Brian Kyle Thomas was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of bus driver Irvine Jubal Fraser.Fraser worked as a city transit driver for 19 years, but Valentine’s Day 2017 was Fraser’s last shift after he was stabbed by Thomas outside of his bus’s doors.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Guilty: Winnipeg jury rejects self-defence argument in bus driver killing“We want to be clear, that every worker has a right to a safe and respectful workplace,” said Aleem Chaudhary, head of the drivers’ union…

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Winnipeg man accused of stabbing a bus driver to death acted in self-defence, says lawyer

A Winnipeg man accused of stabbing a bus driver acted in self-defence, his lawyer said in his closing address to the jury on Wednesday.Defence lawyer Evan Roitenberg told court bus driver Irvine Jubal Fraser instigated a fight with his client Bryan Kyle Thomas.“Who was the first to raise this to the level of physicality?” Roitenberg asked jurors. “Did Brian offer a hint of aggression?”Story continues belowRoitenberg also noted the “startling size difference” between Fraser and Thomas, sometimes referring to them and “big guy” and “little guy.”READ MORE: Video footage shows…

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Winnipeg Transit operator safety shields clear another hurdle

January 22 2019 5:12pm Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 President Aleem Chaudhary said the drivers have been wanting the shields for some time, and are glad progress is being made. ‘ }); } else { var rel_id = svp.releaseInfo.contentId+””; if( typeof gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] != “object” ) { var resp = jQuery.parseJSON( jQuery.ajax({ url: “/gnca-ajax/videoshare-links/{\”id\”:\”” + svp.releaseInfo.contentId + “\”}/”, async: false }).responseText); gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] = resp; } jQuery(‘#videoContainer’).gnca_socialVideoShare(‘init’, gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] ); } }; // don’t do on IE, doesn’t work yet if ( !gNews.Common.isIE && !gNews.Common.isTrident && gNews.Common.isFlash ) { var gnca_videoShareCallbackInterval = window.setInterval( function()…

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Winnipeg Handi-Transit users experiencing delays

Many Winnipeggers using the city’s Transit Plus system, formally known as Handi-Transit, experienced delays on Thursday.Winnipeg Transit said on Twitter the slow response time is because it’s “in the process of implementing a new scheduling software.”Winnipeg Transit Plus (Handi-Transit) is in the process of implementing new scheduling software. As a result, customers are experiencing higher than normal wait times for their calls to be answered. We apologize for the inconvenience as we take steps to minimize those delays.— Winnipeg Transit (@winnipegtransit) January 10, 2019Many Bus riders took to social media…

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