After a large public outcry, the city is developing amendments to the proposed Transit By-law regarding the playing of a musical instrument, singing, or staging a live musical performance on a Transit bus or on Transit property.

“The intent of the proposed Transit By-Law is to provide improvements to Transit safety and security, and to provide a mechanism to manage disruptive behaviour on the Transit system,” said Dave Wardrop, Director, Winnipeg Transit. “With some revised wording, we expect that the purpose of the proposed By-law will be clearer that the intent is not to limit freedom of expression.”

“The comfort and safety of Transit users is our priority and the proposed By-law is intended to establish more effective ways to deal with inappropriate behaviour. If a Transit user is singing in a manner that is not disturbing fellow passengers or the Transit operator, there is no issue,” Wardrop added.