WINNIPEG - The opening of Stadium Station, the first piece of the Southwest Rapid Transitway and Pembina Highway underpass project, was announced July 4 by Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman along with Indigenous and Municipal Relations Minister Eileen Clarke and Terry Duguid, MP for Winnipeg South.
"This is a perfectly fitting location for a rapid transit station, at the home of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and on the grounds of Manitoba's largest University," said Mayor Brian Bowman in a statement. "Rapid transit has been talked about for years and I am proud of the progress made by this council on getting it done."
The project was made possible by funding through PPP Canada, the Province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg.
Stage 2, being built as a public-private partnership, extends Stage 1 of the Southwest Transitway to the University of Manitoba.
"The Stage 2 Southwest Rapid Transitway will play an integral role in facilitating the fast and efficient flow of people across Winnipeg," said Clarke. "Manitoba will continue to work collaboratively with all levels of government to deliver historic levels of transit investment, including nearly $200 million to support Winnipeg's Stage 1 and 2 rapid transit projects."
The first piece of the Stage 2 Southwest Transitway, which connects to Pembina Highway, has been named Bohemier Trail in honour of the Bohemier family who moved from Quebec in 1884 and settled in the area. The road is named in recognition of the Bohemier family's history and the cultural significance of the French-Manitoban and Metis culture in this area. The Bohemier family home has been restored to its 1900's glory and is now located in the St. Norbert Provincial Heritage Park.
Construction of the Southwest Rapid Transitway Stage 2 and Pembina Highway Underpass project is expected to be completed in late 2019. Following a period of testing, training and commissioning, transit operations on the new transitway are expected to commence in April 2020.
The Southwest Rapid Transitway Stage 2 and Pembina Highway Underpass Project is comprised of significant infrastructure components in the southwest quadrant of the city including: the completion of Stage 2 of the Southwest Transitway; the addition of active transportation infrastructure; the renewal and expansion of the Pembina Underpass; and connections to the University of Manitoba and Investors Group Field.