The first stage of the Green Line involves 20 km of track, 14 stations, 70 vehicles, maintenance facility, eight bridges, four tunnels and park-and-ride

Mario ToneguzziThe federal government is investing up to $1.53 billion in Calgary’s Green Line Light Rail Transit project. It’s the largest contribution it has ever made to an infrastructure project in Alberta.

“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,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in making the announcement.

“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,” said Trudeau.

In a news release, the government said the first stage of the Green Line involves the design and construction of 20 km of track, 14 stations, a fleet of 70 low-floor light rail vehicles, a vehicle maintenance and storage facility, eight bridges, four tunnels and three park-and-ride facilities.

“Construction of this first stage is expected to begin in spring 2020 and be completed by late 2026. An estimated 20,000 jobs will be created to support the system’s design and construction, with a further 400 long-term jobs forecasted for the operation and maintenance of the Green Line when it opens to the public,” it said.

Earlier in the day, Trudeau announced that the government will invest almost $40 million to improve a clogged railway crossing in Edmonton. The project will alleviate a major traffic headache at 50th Street in that city. The underpass is planned for completed in 2023.

Respected business writer Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald in various capacities, including 12 years as a senior business writer.

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