Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday confirmed the Government of Canada’s commitment to invest up to $1.53 billion to build the new Green Line as part of Calgary’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) system.
“By investing in smart public transit projects, we’re reducing gridlock, helping more Calgarians get to and from work, creating good middle class jobs, growing the economy, and fighting climate change,” Trudeau said.
He also added “As we set the course for an inclusive recovery from COVID‑19, we will keep focusing on laying the foundations for long-term, sustainable growth to create a Canada that is cleaner, more competitive, and more resilient for generations to come.”
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s Office in a statement said the Government of Alberta is contributing $1.53 billion toward the new Green Line LRT project and the City of Calgary is contributing $1.59 billion.
As the largest infrastructure project in the city’s history, the Green Line will play a key role in shaping the future of Calgary by connecting people and places, reducing congestion, and creating up to 20,000 jobs, the statement added.
The project will deliver fast, accessible, and environmentally friendly transit access to downtown Calgary and other employment hubs such as Quarry Park and the southeast industrial areas.