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Winnipeg Travel Guide

Getting Winnipeg



Winnipeg has had a public transit system since the 1880s, starting with horse-drawn streetcars. It had electric streetcars from 1891 until 1955, and electric trolley buses from 1938 until 1970.

Winnipeg is unique among North American cities its size in that it does not have continuous freeways. Beginning in 1958, the primarily suburban Metropolitan council proposed a system of freeways, including one which would have bisected the downtown area. The plan culminated in the monumental Winnipeg area transportation study of 1968. The extensive freeway plan faced stiff community opposition and was deemed over-ambitious. It wasn't implemented as a concerted undertaking, but construction of major traffic corridors follows the study to this day. A modern four-lane highway (the Perimeter Highway, which is mostly an expressway around the city with interchanges and at-grade intersections) has been constructed which bypasses the city entirely, allowing travellers on the Trans Canada Highway to avoid the city and continue east or west uninterrupted.

Winnipeg Transit has an excellent range of citywide services (flat fare $1.60 per journey), with tickets and transfers for trips involving more than one bus available from the driver - exact fare only. The Transit Service Centre , in the underground concourse at Portage and Main (Mon-Fri 8.15am-4.45pm) - in a hard to find location in the Scotiabank concourse - sells a book of ten tickets for $15.50, a five-day weekday pass ($14) and a seven-day pass, valid Mon-Sun ($15.50). Free route maps are available here, as well as at the tourist offices, and details of services are printed at the back of the Winnipeg telephone directory.




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