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City of Winnipeg

Winnipeg Transit

Transit Facts

Interesting Transit Facts

  • Winnipeg Transit has a fleet of 640 low floor easy access buses, making public transportation more accessible for all Winnipeg citizens.
  • Winnipeg Transit travels more than 30 million kilometres per year.
  • Winnipeg Transit buses operated over 1,553,590 total hours in 2018.
  • The average bus travels about 50,000 kms each year.
  • A bus fuel tank holds about 420 litres of fuel.
  • A bus can operate for approximately 35 hours on one tank of fuel.
  • Winnipeg Transit consumes approximately 18 million litres of ultra-low-sulphur diesel/2% biodiesel fuel each year.
  • Winnipeg Transit spends about $18 million dollars on fuel each year.
  • Winnipeg Transit carried 48,770,208 passengers in 2019.
  • On an average weekday, Winnipeg Transit carries over 171,290 passengers.
  • Winnipeg Transit employs 1,560 people, including approximately 1,100 bus operators.
  • About 245 people maintain, repair, and rebuild buses in the shops at Winnipeg Transit.
  • Engines are completely overhauled after 400,000 to 800,000 kilometres.
  • The average lifespan of a Winnipeg Transit bus is about 18 years.
  • There are 87 bus routes in Winnipeg.
  • There are approximately 5,170 bus stops in Winnipeg.
  • There are about 870 bus shelters, 121 are heated shelters.
  • There are approximately 2,005 transit benches in Winnipeg.

Photos of our fleet:

30 foot low floor bus 40 foot low floor bus with accessible ramp deployed 40 foot low floor bus in Exchange District
40 foot low floor bus with Rapid Transit wrap and bike rack attachment 60 foot articulated low floor bus 40 foot low floor bus with bike rack installed

About Winnipeg’s Transit Base – 421 Osborne St.

Winnipeg’s current transit facility has served Winnipeg Transit for more than three decades. Interesting details about this facility include:

  • Sits on more than 25 acres of land
  • Contains more than 20,000 cubic yards of poured concrete.
  • Officially opened on November 20, 1969,
  • In 1979, storage for an additional 165 buses was added, extending the garage to its current location next to Osborne Street.
    • Can Service a fleet of up to 650 buses
    • Can service, vacuum, and wash 40 buses per hour
    • Has storage room for 429 buses (after the 1979 expansion)
  • It has been the home base of Winnipeg’s transit system for over 75 years.