Winnipeg, Canada has opened a new fueling station that will supply the municipal fleet with B10 biodiesel. The biofuelling station is part of a number of integrated green transportation measures that the City of Winnipeg is implementing under WinSmart, which has received funding under Transport Canada’s Urban Transportation Showcase Program.
Transport Canada’s Urban Transportation Showcase Program is a C$35–million program that demonstrates, evaluates and promotes effective strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from urban transportation.
The program collaborates with other jurisdictions to gain experience in Canada with green technologies and practices that are used in other countries. Financial, emissions and efficiency results from the green transportation showcases are measured and published to make it easier for other cities to adopt successful strategies.
The City of Winnipeg was selected in November 2003 as one of eight Canadian municipalities to showcase innovative transportation–related technologies to reduce GHG emissions. The others are the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton; Greater Vancouver; Halifax; Quebec City; Montreal and Gatineau, Quebec; Whitehorse, Yukon; and the Region of Waterloo, Ontario.
Winnipeg’s WinSmart showcase will receive up to $2.2 million in federal funding. WinSmart focuses on the city’s Pembina Corridor. This 15–kilometre corridor is one of the fastest growing and most heavily used areas of the city. Initiatives include transit priority measures; multimodal transit stations; local transportation demand management programs; efficient use of cars and trucks; active transportation infrastructure; community marketing; and the biodiesel fuelling station.