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Distasio on Winnipeg’s Rapid Transit System | February 14, 2012

The Winnipeg Free Press interviewed Dr. Jino Distasio regarding Winnipeg’s rapid transit system, which is scheduled to launch April 3rd:

“We’re at least 50 years behind other cities,” said Jino Distasio, director of the University of Winnipeg’s Institute of Urban Studies. “It’s not about being green, it’s about having multiple ways to get to different places. I can’t think of a major global city that does not have a major transit system.”

Distasio said he thinks part of the problem is civic government has not championed transit. He said Winnipeg continues to focus on fixing roads and filling potholes instead of touting the benefits of forward-thinking projects such as the Fort Rouge Yards infill.

He said Winnipeg is growing, and the city cannot continue to expand unless it provides an alternative to vehicle transportation. The cost of doing nothing, he said, is the city will continue to lag behind other cities.

“There are smaller cities that are so far ahead of us,” Distasio said.




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