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Honours & Recognition

Southwest Rapid Transit Project continues to receive recognition

Federal, provincial and municipal representatives celebrate project’s success.

March 13, 2014
Winnipeg, Manitoba – Officials gathered today in Winnipeg to acknowledge the many awards Stage 1 of the Southwest Rapid Transit Project received since its completion in April 2012. The latest addition to the list was the 2013 Project of the Year award from the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA). It was presented to both Winnipeg Transit and Dillon Consulting in December 2013.

The CPWA Public Works Project of the Year Award promotes excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, the consultant / architect / engineer and the contractor who, working together, complete public works projects.

This project involved the construction of a high-speed transitway, new rapid transit stations as well as new pathways to encourage the use of alternate modes of transport in the community.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada contributed $17.5 million towards Stage 1 of this project through the Public Transit Capital Trust.
  • The Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg funded the balance of the project’s total costs of $138 million.
  • Other awards the project has received include:
    • 2013 Award of Merit from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) (Manitoba)
    • 2013 Award of Merit from ACEC (Canada)
    • 2012 Award of Merit from ACEC (Manitoba) for Osborne Station
    • 2011 Award of Excellence from ACEC (Manitoba) for the Fort Rouge Yards Transitway tunnel


“The awards announced today shows what the federal, provincial and city governments can do to keep Winnipeg competitive when we work together. Together we are providing our growing city a modern, efficient public transit system to connect families with opportunities across Winnipeg and making Winnipeg Transit a leader in advancing the sustainability of public transportation now and into the future.”

Kevin Chief
Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities
Minister responsible for relations with the City of Winnipeg within the Department of Municipal Government

“Our Government is proud to support significant infrastructure projects that improve and promote public transit, while creating jobs and building strong, prosperous communities across Canada. Not only can investments in public transit, such as the project we are celebrating today, improve commute times and increase safety, they can reduce maintenance costs and save taxpayers money. Congratulations to all who worked tirelessly over the past years to make this vital project a reality.”

Steven Fletcher
Member of Parliament for Charleswood – St. James – Assiniboia, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

“This is the fifth award for Stage 1 of the Southwest Rapid Transitway, and this project is deserving of recognition for its design and construction excellence. As we continue to grow our Rapid Transit network and work towards our goal of increased bus ridership, the benefits to the environment will grow as well. The strategic investments that we make today, in partnership with the other levels of government, will serve our citizens and our city well into the future.”

Sam Katz
Mayor of Winnipeg

Associated Links

Winnipeg Transit awarded by the Canadian Urban Transit Association for Exceptional Performance/Outstanding Achievement

In February 2006, Winnipeg’s City Council approved a comprehensive, multi year transit improvement plan focused on the major thoroughfares in which high levels of transit service operate. In each of these Quality corridors, a specific set of improvements, tailored to the needs of each, was implemented to improve the speed, reliability, comfort, and accessibility of transit service.

On May 18, 2010, the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) awarded Winnipeg Transit an award for Exceptional Performance/Outstanding Achievement for the City’s Transit Improvement Program.

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