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The Canadian government will provide federal funding for two light-rail transit extension projects in Edmonton, Alberta, officials announced yesterday.
The projects include the second stage of construction for the Valley Line West extension, which will run from downtown Edmonton to Lewis Farm, and the first stage of the Metro Line expansion from the North Alberta Institute of Technology to the Blatchford residential and commercial development.
The Canadian government will provide over CA$1 billion for both projects through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The government of Alberta is contributing CA$1.17 billion through the Climate Leadership Plan, and the city of Edmonton is contributing CA$706 million.
“Edmonton is one of Canada's fastest growing cities, and we are planning and building our city with this growth in mind,” said Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. “We are undertaking the most ambitious expansion of our LRT network in our history so we can grow smart and sustainably, and keep more than a million people moving."