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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Transit move not a legal job action: Bowman

A threatened job action by Winnipeg Transit drivers appears to have fizzled.The transit union said Monday its drivers wouldn’t be collecting fares Tuesday in protest of the ongoing disputes over its collective bargaining agreement – calling it legal job action.According to numerous reports from transit users, however, many drivers were considering Tuesday business as usual and still asking passengers to swipe their Peggo cards.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Winnipeg Transit Plus bus repaired after photo of driver tying door closed with rope draws criticismMayor Brian Bowman told 680 CJOB that the…

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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 Transit Union rejects contract offer from city

Winnipeg’s Transit Union is resoundingly saying ‘no’ to a new contract offer from the city.More than 98 per cent of members rejected the deal on Friday.ATU Local 1505 president Aleem Chaudhary would not get into specifics when asked why the vote was so lopsided but said they are open to more negotiations.READ MORE: Transit Union “won’t stop fighting” after  Brian Kyle Thomas guilty verdictStory continues below“Our members work hard each and every day to keep our city moving, often going above and beyond to serve the public,” Chaudhary said.“Our union…

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Budget 2019 shows no surprises for Winnipeg Transit

March 1 2019 6:07pm The city operating budget tabled Friday included major cuts to Winnipeg road improvements, but riders and drivers of Winnipeg Transit can rest easy. ‘ }); } 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() { //console.log(‘…

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Witness to Irvine Jubal Fraser’s death tells Manitoba court ‘there was nothing I could do’

The trial of the man charged with second degree murder in the death of a Winnipeg bus driver continued Wednesday with testimony from a University of Manitoba worker who witnessed Irvine Jubal Fraser’s final moments.Brian Kyle Thomas has pleaded not guilty in the case.Court heard from Kim Defries, who was working clearing snow at the U of M near the bus loop in the early hours of Valentines Day, 2017.Story continues belowShe had just parked near the university’s quad when she noticed a struggle in her rear passenger mirror, she…

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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 Transit bus driver shield plan passed by committee, heads to EPC, council

Concern over driver safety has led to a city committee passing a motion to have surplus Winnipeg Transit money go to bus driver shields.The city’s infrastructure committee passed the decision 3-1, with only Coun. Matt Allard voting against, saying he’d prefer to see the idea go through the regular budget process for 2019.Bus shields approved at IRPW meeting this morning – matter will now head to EPC and subsequently council. Councillor Browaty made a motion – which passed 3 to 1 – to have funding for the shields come from…

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Winnipeg Transit opens bus inspector stations downtown

The City of Winnipeg officially opened two point duty Winnipeg Transit inspector stations on Dec. 20.Both stations are located downtown:one at eastbound Graham Avenue and Fort Street,the other on eastbound Portage Avenue at Vaughan Street, near The Bay.The locations were strategically chosen by comparing incident data, according to Randy Tonellier Winnipeg Transit‘s Manager of Operations.“We compared where we have incidents on buses with where we have the most transit services located,” Tonellier said.He said a report was made by the Transit Department in May of 2017, that identified eight new safety initiatives,…

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Mayor says 2019 will be Winnipeg’s ‘year of transit’

Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman says the city’s transit system needs an overhaul.Bowman told 680 CJOB Wednesday morning that a transit operational review – expected to be complete next year – is looking at the city’s needs from a fresh perspective, rather than focusing on tweaking longtime systems. Mayor Brian Bowman said the city will be focused on transit improvements in 2019.Global News File“Imagine there was no transit service and we looked at the state of the city now, not in the 1970s or 1960,” he said. “Where are people living?…

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