Jenny Motkaluk – Mayoralty Candidate 2018

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Jenny Motkaluk Targets Aging Louise Bridge as Key Infrastructure Priority

Jenny would also ensure the modern new bridge would feature 4 lane traffic and will include both bike and pedestrian corridors.

October 9, 2018 News Release

New Key Investments Will Grow Winnipeg’s Economy

Motkaluk will prioritize the extension of Chief Peguis Trail from Main Street to Route 90 and provide municipal water and waste water services to Winnipeg’s unserviced section of CentrePort.

September 7, 2018 Press Release

Reliable Transit is a Priority. Empty BRT Stations are Not.

Motkaluk’s commitments today include:

  • A freeze on all BRT work to the point of contract completion. This would mean completion of the SW BRT, as there is no contract wiggle room to terminate the process. Eastern consultations would also continue to the conclusion of funds allocated, but no further. “While I would prefer to stop all of it, we won’t save any money if we do so.”
  • Formal tracking of ridership and service speeds for the SW BRT from the day of launch, so the success or failure of the Southern BRT Line can be measured honestly.
  • No request for BRT funding from existing or future federal-provincial infrastructure rounds during this coming term of office, freeing up money earmarked for urban transit to invest in better service and stations across the system.

July 27, 2018 Press Release

There are also statements re changes to public transit and stopping development of rapid transit.

Candidate’s responses to the walk/bike related questions asked at the Mayoral Fast Pitch & Forum held at the U of W on Tuesday, September 18th 

Q7: Will you direct the Public Works Department to create a package of walking and cycling infrastructure priority projects worth more than $100 Million dollars and put it as a top priority for the next round of funding from the Investing in Canada Plan? No

Q9: ill you commit to completing the downtown protected bike lane network in your next term? No

Q10: Will you support full funding of the Active Transportation Network – Winter Maintenance Strategy, passed by council on June 21st, 2018, in the 2019 Budget? No

Q13: Would you support implementing a policy for the City of Winnipeg, similar to what has been implemented in Vancouver, that prioritizes walking, cycling, public transit and shared-vehicles over single occupant vehicles? No

From Vote Winnipeg 2018 (Winnipeg Free Press) accessed 2 Oct 2018:

Q: “What is your position on reopening Portage and Main to pedestrians?” “I have been clear on this matter from the outset of my campaign. Re-opening Portage and Main is not a priority for our great city. A recent CBC poll echoes this view with two out of three respondents saying “No” to re-opening Portage and Main. Yet incredibly, even after claiming he will yield to the results of a plebiscite on the matter, Brian Bowman has been quoted as saying “Not now, not yet” which suggests that, if re-elected, he will defy the will of Winnipeggers and spend too much of our limited financial resources to force this vanity project into fruition. There are many other ways we can re-vitalize this iconic intersection but regardless of what we invest we must first start with restoring public safety in the downtown area. No safety…no people, no people…no point.”

“What should Winnipeg’s plan be for the future of public and active transit?” “First, we must make bus ridership safe again – for both drivers and riders. I will do whatever it takes to make that happen – increased live surveillance, panic buttons and police on buses. Then, as Mayor I would bolster our bus fleet by 30% to increase access, efficiency and capacity to get Winnipeggers where they want to go on time. The fleet would transition from noisy and polluting diesel-powered engines to clean and quiet electric buses – made right here in Winnipeg by New Flyer Industries! Riding the bus will be safe, clean, green and lean (reduced fuel costs). But most importantly riding a bus will be “cool” again like the first time you rode one. Vehicle owners will seriously consider parking their wheels and hopping on the bus especially when heading downtown – no parking hassles, no long waits and a safe ride! Instead of BRT, we should have CRT – Clean Reliable Transit.”

From 11 Oct 2018 mayoral debate on CBC. Yes or No only response

Q1: “Should we put bike infrastructure on the back burner in our car city?” Yes

Q2: “After completing construction that has already started on the Southwest Transitway, should we scrap the rest of rapid transit?” Yes

The candidate completed the 2018 all-candidate environmental survey: A coalition of Winnipeg Environmental Organizations compiled questions for an all-candidate (Mayoral and Councilor) survey with questions relating to the environment, including AT.