Do you want BRT or repaired roads and an end to brown water?
Steeves will fix aging infrastructure instead of building wasteful Bus Rapid Transit
Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves said today voters must decide whether they want critical infrastructure repaired or a brand new bus route.
“I won’t waste millions on a Bus Rapid Transit system when we have other priorities we must address,” Steeves said. “If you want functioning critical infrastructure we have to have for a city to operate, you need to cast your ballot for me.”
Each dollar spent on BRT is a dollar not spent preventing brown water from Winnipeg’s homes, or invested into rebuilding crumbling roads and sewer lines.
Judy Wasylycia-Leis said she will build Phase 2 of BRT. Steeves said that project will likely cost $1 billion once it is actually built.
Brian Bowman pledged to build five additional legs of BRT. That could cost $6 billion.
Neither Judy nor Brian has said how they will pay for their BRT plans. Taxpayers will be left paying for those BRT plans for the next 30 years.
“If after further reflection, voters decide they want their money spent on Bus Rapid Transit and support higher taxes, I will respect their choice. If voters do not support spending billions of dollars on Bus Rapid Transit and want their streets fixed and clean water in their homes, I would be honoured to have their support, ” Steeves said. “Together we can start Rebuilding Winnipeg.
Taxpayers already face high taxes thanks to Manitoba’s NDP government. They will be squeezed even harder if either Judy Wasylycia-Leis or Brian Bowman is elected mayor. Gord Steeves stands with taxpayers. The choice is clear.