PM Trudeau announces $1.3 billion in federal funding for Montreal metro extension

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government will invest $1.3 billion to help finance an extension of Montreal’s metro system.

The federal money would help finance the $4.5 billion project to extend the city’s blue line by five metro stops, from the St-Michel station towards the Anjou borough in the city’s east end.

Construction on the six-kilometre expansion is expected to begin in 2021 and be completed in 2026.

Ottawa usually finances roughly 40 per cent of the total cost of infrastructure projects across the country.

Speaking in his home riding of Papineau, Trudeau says east-end Montreal has transformed over the years and more people rely on public transit to get around.

Trudeau was joined for the announcement by Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante, Quebec junior transportation minister Chantal Rouleau, and federal Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez.

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