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City of Winnipeg

Winnipeg Transit

The Primary Transit Network


The next steps of the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan

In 2021, Winnipeg City Council approved the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan. It proposes changes and improvements to our service and infrastructure.

It includes a broad, conceptual vision of the next 25 years and a more detailed path for the first five years. You can read the entire plan online.

Since it was approved, we’ve been taking steps to make it reality.

Proposing a new route network

The next big step we’re working on is bringing in a new city-wide route network, subject to Council approval.

First, we will invite members of the public to learn more about the proposed network. Then we will finalize its design and plan its implementation and rollout, subject to Council approval.

The Primary Transit Network

The proposed network is named for its spine of direct, frequent, rapid transit lines – the Primary Transit Network.

We’re making some updates to the proposed network as it appeared in the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan (as the “short-term network plan”). Some updates are in response to feedback people shared.

We’re excited to share more information about the Primary Transit Network soon, so you can learn more about how it will look and operate, and share your thoughts. We’ll share more information in early 2024 on this page, and elsewhere.

Building the new network

We anticipate funding to be in place starting in 2025, via the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Fund, for Primary Transit Network infrastructure.

This includes stuff like:

  • bus stop signage
  • new traffic lights and bus loops
  • improvements to stops where passengers make connections, ensuring these stops are accessible

We will also invest in educating our passengers and getting them ready for the transition.

In 2021, we committed to launching The Primary Transit Network within five years, and we are on target to meet that commitment.

The Winnipeg Transit Master Plan

The Primary Transit Network fits in with all the other recommendations in the Winnipeg Transit Master Plan, approved in concept in 2021.

Here’s a snapshot of some of what we’re working on, short-term and long:

Project Service or Infrastructure? Status Timeline
Primary Transit Network (Short-term network) design and implementation Service Project is ongoing, proposed network to be shared in early 2024 Network will launch within 5 years of 2021
Primary Transit Network Infrastructure Infrastructure Project is upcoming Funding anticipated to begin in 2025
Design of Downtown Rapid Transit Corridors Infrastructure Project is upcoming Funding anticipated to begin design in 2025
Winnipeg Transit Plus Transition to Family of Services Model Service Project is upcoming. Groundwork is being laid with Primary Transit Network infrastructure to improve stop accessibility, the wheelchair retrofit project, etc. Timeline TBD
Construction of Downtown Rapid Transit Corridors Infrastructure Project will proceed when funding is in place Timeline TBD – 5+ years in future
Ongoing Service Development: expanding routes, service hours, improving frequency of routes, and refining the network Service Projects will proceed when funding is in place Timeline TBD – Ongoing, post Primary Transit Network launch
Ongoing Rapid Transit Expansion design and construction, phased from downtown outwards Infrastructure Projects will proceed when funding is in place Timeline TBD – 10+ years in future