Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced an investment of up to CAD1.53bn ($1.2bn) for Calgary’s Green Line Light Rail Transit project.
This is the largest contribution made so far by the Government of Canada to an infrastructure project in Alberta.
Under the first stage of the project, design and construction will be taken up for 20km of track, 14 stations, eight bridges, four tunnels, 70 low-floor light rail vehicles, vehicle maintenance and storage facility, and three park-and-ride facilities.
Construction of the first stage is expected to begin in 2020 and be completed by late 2026.
Nearly 20,000 jobs are expected to be created during the design and construction phase.
An additional 400 long-term jobs are likely to be created for the operation and maintenance of the Green Line when it opens to the public.
Calgary’s Green Line will provide transit riders in the city’s north and south-east communities with a direct route to the downtown core and also improve connections to public services such as hospitals, employment centres, and cultural and community facilities.
Trudeau said: “Across the country, we are investing in major infrastructure projects that will transform the way Canadians move, work and live, while creating good, well-paying middle class jobs today and for years to come.
“Today’s historic investment in Calgary’s public transit system will make it easier for people to get around and connect to the services they need, make our air cleaner, and create thousands of jobs for Canadians.”
The government, through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, will invest more than CAD180bn ($141bn) over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, social infrastructure, and rural and northern communities.
Of this, CAD28.7bn ($22.4bn) will be used to support public transit projects, including CAD5bn ($3.9bn) through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
Part of the funding for the Green Line project will come from the CAD3.3bn ($2.58bn) in federal funding allocated to Alberta in an agreement signed on 3 April 2018 to support public transit, green infrastructure, recreational, cultural and community infrastructure, and rural and northern communities projects over the next decade.