City buses to soon live-stream emergency situations back to Winnipeg Transit Control Centre

Emergency issues on board transit buses will soon be live-streamed back to transit headquarters.A security camera live-stream and real-time bus locations were two benefits City of Winnipeg officials found while testing out a pilot project with on-board WiFi over the past year that will now move forward.Story continues belowTwelve buses got WiFi as part of the program that started April 5, 2018. A report presented to the city’s Innovation committee meeting Monday found about 700 people used it on any given day and up to 12,000 in a month.The city…

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Winnipeg Transit Union offering free rides amidst second legal job action

Winnipeg bus riders could save an extra couple of dollars in their pockets on Thursday.The Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 announced Wednesday its members will be taking job action on Thursday, as the union continues to sit without a contract since January.READ MORE: Winnipeg transit union planning free rides as job action beginsThe union says bus drivers won’t be asking riders to pay on Thursday.Story continues below“We’re taking this step because the City of Winnipeg isn’t listening to our proposals and isn’t showing a willingness to bargain in good faith,” said…

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Driver safety paramount in contract negotiations, says Winnipeg transit union president

Winnipeg’s transit union says safety is the top priority as contract negotiations continue with the city.The union – which has been without a collective bargaining agreement since January – has also bristled against the City’s plan to add part-time workers, which wouldn’t allow for benefits.READ MORE: Winnipeg transit union planning free rides as job action beginsLast month, 98 per cent of union members voted against the latest offer from the city.Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 president Aleem Chaudhary told 680 CJOB the negotiations are ongoing.View link »View original article here Source

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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 Union to ban voluntary overtime

June 3 2019 7:08pm After the Winnipeg Transit Union declined the city’s latest contract offer, the ATU announced it is banning voluntary overtime for its members. ‘ }); } 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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Winnipeg Transit Union to ban voluntary overtime as fight for new contract continues

The Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 has announced it is banning voluntary overtime for its members.The ban means that ATU members cannot sign up for any additional overtime while the contract dispute carries on.This comes three days after the ATU voted 96 per cent against the City of Winnipeg’s latest contract offer.Story continues below“Our goal is to encourage the city to return to the table, bargain in good faith and work with us to build a public transit system that Winnipeg and its transit riders deserve,” said the union’s president, Aleem…

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Winnipeg transit union votes to reject city’s latest contract offer

Winnipeg’s transit union offered an overwhelming ‘no’ as they rejected the city’s latest contract offer.Nearly 97 per cent of members voted against the offer.“The results of the vote tell me that the members won’t take the concessions that the city is pushing,” said Amalgamated Transit Union 1505 president Aleem Chaudhary.Story continues below“Bringing in 200 part-time operators at wages $10 less than the average for regular operators with no pension or benefits is not how you run a successful public transit system.”This comes after more than 98 per cent of union…

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How are you getting to the game? Bombers detail parking, ride options

With the first exhibition game taking place Friday at IG Field, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are reminding fans travelling to and from home games about parking and traffic details.The stadium, located at the University of Manitoba, has 5,000 paid parking spots on campus. Fans can either pre-purchase parking passes or pay on arrival in the gold, blue or value lots.‘Park & Ride’ options are also available, with non-stop service to and from IG Field, starting two hours before kickoff.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Winnipeg Blue Bombers gearing up for 1st exhibition…

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Winnipeg Transit director should be able to put extra buses on the street when needed: report

The power to quickly put extra buses on the road to meet the demand of large public events may be in Winnipeg’s future.The Winnipeg Public Service has recommended that the Director of Transit should have the authority to make additional transit services available to meet extra ridership demands.Funding for the proposal – which is on the agenda for the city’s May 28 Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works meeting – is intended to be included in the 2020 operating budget.Story continues belowREAD MORE: Winnipeg Transit Plus bus…

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Winnipeg transit drivers caught between union, management on ‘Free Ride Day’

May 15 2019 1:49pm It was meant to be a form of job action in protest of ongoing contract disputes with the City of Winnipeg, but not all buses appeared to be on board. ‘ }); } 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 ) {…

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