A Transportation Hub

A Transportation Hub

With an expected growth of 240,000 people and 88,000 jobs in the capital region by 2031, our city will face continued pressure to grow outward. Now more than ever will we require demonstrated leadership in the implementation of our vision for transportation in our city and in our downtown.

Transportation is a catalyst for growth and change, and by that same token, is a critical piece in moving people in and out of our downtown. To achieve the vibrancy we desire in our downtown, our city needs to prioritize and invest in greater transportation options as this will help reduce Winnipeg’s reliance on travel by car. Increasing transportation choice in our city will significantly improve our quality of life and will present a better, more positive snapshot of our city and our downtown to the rest of the world.

  • People drive downtown to work, in far greater numbers than any other area of the city. Each morning rush-hour more than 45,000 trips are made into the downtown! [1]
  • Connection to 2 kilometres of weather protected walkway system with easy indoor access to 3,733 parking stalls, numerous buildings or nearby bus stops [2]

Fact:150parking lots in the downtown area

Parking

  • 3,757 metered on-street parking spots downtown [7]
  • 35,526 off-street spaces of which 2/3rds are public [7]
  • 150 parking lots
  • Winnipeg has the most central business district parking of Canadian cities [3]
  • Winnipeg has the second lowest median daily rate at $9.50 in Canada [4]
  • Monthly parking rate is an average $160/month while the national average is $242/month [5]
  • Six new parkades have been built or are under construction; three more are proposed [6]
  • More than 11,000 spots are available within a three-block walk of the MTS Centre! [6]

Transit

  • 59 bus routes go downtown
  • 20,000 people use the Portage Avenue bus stops each weekday
  • 17,500 people use the Graham Avenue bus stops each weekday
  • 28,000 people use Rapid Transit daily
  • 1,641 people use the free Downtown Spirit each weekday (June)

Active Transportation

  • Cycling up citywide by 60% since last Trends (2009) [9] with approximately 6,200 cyclists commuting downtown weekdays (2012) [8]
  • Multi-use path up by 80km to 195km
  • Bike lanes now 35 kms
  • Bike Boulevards 56 kms
  • Over 100 bike racks installed in the downtown area since 2010 [7
  • More than 6 out of 10 trips made within the downtown are made by foot! Citywide it is less than 1 in 10! [11]
  • 21% of trips in the downtown are made by walking/cycling vs. 11% averaged throughout the rest of the city [12]

How Do People Get Downtown?

Trips by Travel Mode [13]

People who live and travel within downtown walk to their destinations about six times more than the city as a whole

Top five origins of trips to downtown (AM peak): Tuxedo, River Heights, Fort Garry North, Fort Rouge, Windsor Park/Southdale/IslandLakes

Trips to downtown during morning rush-hour is 46,371, with 9% of these trips from outside of the city

Downtown population makes fewer daily trips than rest of city (2.73/day vs. 2.83/day)

From District To District Within District
Auto Driver 64,980 (57.28%) 65,210 (57.13%) 5,960 (19.86%)
Auto Passenger 15,550 (13.71%) 15,660 (13.72%) 2,030 (6.76%)
Winnipeg Transit 23,340 (20.57%) 23,560 (20.64%) 2,340 (7.80%)
Park & Ride / Kiss & Ride 300 (0.26%) 520 (0.46%) 20 (0.07%)
Bicycle 1,100 (0.97%) 1,180 (1.03%) 180 (0.60%)
Walk 6,410 (5.65%) 6,640 (5.82%) 19,090 (63.61%)
Other 1,760 (1.55%) 1,380 (1.21%) 390 (1.30%)
113,440 (100.00%) 114,150 (100.00%) 30,010 (100.00%)

 

Mode shares in Winnipeg 

Fact:9%of morning rush-hour visits to downtown come from outside the city

  • Auto Driver: 64.8
  • Auto Passenger: 15.8
  • Public Transit: 8.0
  • Park & Ride, Kiss & Ride: 0.2
  • Bicycle: 0.07
  • Walk: 9.5

City of Winnipeg

  • Trips per person: 2.83/day
  • Vehicles per person: 0.59
  • Person’s per household: 2.39
  • Daily trips per household: 5.92
  • Vehicles per household: 1.41

Downtown Winnipeg

  • Trips per person: 2.73/day
  • Vehicles per person: 0.37
  • Person’s per household: 1.65
  • Daily trips per household: 4.09
  • Vehicles per household: 3.61

[1] Winnipeg Area Travel Survey, 2007
[2] Downtown Walking Guide, 2013
[3] Downtown Parking Strategy, 2011
[4] Colliers Parking Rate Survey, 2012
[5] Colliers Parking Rate Survey, 2012
[6] IUS, 2013
[7] Downtown BIZ, 2013
[8] Winnipeg Transit, 2013
[9] Bike Winnipeg
[11] 2011 Winnipeg Parking Strategy
[12] Pedestrian & Cycling Strategy Research, Susan Friegg
[13] 2007 Winnipeg Area Travel Survey Results, Final Report (2009)