THE Canadian government will invest up to $C 394.24m ($US 315.3m) through Infrastructure Canada to extend Edmonton’s light rail network. The government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton will provide the remaining funding for the $C 1bn project. 

The announcement was made on July 27 by Ms Catherine McKenna, federal minister of infrastructure and communities and the mayor of Edmonton, Mr Don Iveson. 

The project will add a 4.5km double-track extension to the Capital Line from Century Park south to Ellerslie Road and will include two new stations at Twin Brooks and Ellerslie, an underpass at the 23rd Avenue crossing and a new bridge across Anthony Henday Drive. The scheme also includes construction of an operation, maintenance and LRV storage facility, the purchase of 24 LRVs, and integration with the Heritage Valley Park & Ride facility. 

Construction of the maintenance facility is a key part of the future northwest LRT extension to Castle Downs. 

The project will create more than 9500 jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 269,000 tonnes by 2050, and result in 11.9 million fewer road vehicle-km travelled in its first year of operation.  

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