In response to the question about how Winnipeg can capitalize on the success of the CanWest Global Park and the Goldeyes who play there during the summer, I would offer the following suggestion. Winnipeg Transit needs to provide an enhanced shuttle service between the Exchange/ Downtown area of the city and the ball park between the hours of 10 and 11 p.m. on nights when the Goldeyes are playing.
During the PanAm Games, when parking was forbidden at The Forks, my wife and I attended a ball game. We drove from Charleswood to Westwood where we parked our car on the lot designated for PanAm park and ride. We caught a Portage Express and then a 99 Flyer bus, and within 40 minutes we were at the CanWest Global Park, in time for the game. However, when the game finished at 10, there were no buses available to pick us up and take us to Portage Avenue. The only bus that came by at 10.14 was full and it didn't stop at the park. Consequently we had to walk to Portage Avenue, which for me was an excruciating feat, given my bad arthritis. What a letdown this was. For years we have heard Transit urging people to leave their cars behind and ride with Transit Tom. Transit needs a wake-up call on this of service if people who don't drive, or who can't easily walk from The Forks parking lots to the park. Additionally, if there was a service that looped into the Exchange District and back to Portage or Main, many people could go there after the games to enjoy the services of those businesses, before heading home.