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Calgary’s transit system is about to get a serious boost from the province.
A recent announcement from the Government of Alberta finds $215 million invested in various transit projects across 17 municipalities, though the lion’s share of the funds will be going towards dozens of new vehicles for Calgary Transit.
The announcement was made by Alberta’s Minister of Transportation Brian Mason, who says the investment was being made in the hopes of getting Albertans home quicker and in a cleaner way.
“These transit projects will help Albertans get to where they need to go in a timely and cost-efficient way while helping to reduce pollution and ease congestion,” he said in a release.
“We know folks would rather spend time with their family versus sitting in traffic. That’s why we are investing in new ways for Albertans to get to where they are going.”
$101.8 million of the $215 million investment will go towards the Calgary Metropolitan Region to fund the purchase of 15 new Light Rail Vehicles and 52 compressed natural gas buses.
“This funding is critical to our long-term plans for Calgary’s transit system,” said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi in the release.
“Adding Light Rail Vehicles and CNG buses to our fleet will help ensure our system is resilient into the future. This is great news for Calgary.”
$95.4 million will go to funding transit projects in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region, while the remaining $17.8 million will be dispersed throughout 15 different Albertan communities.
Over the first three years, $141.4 million worth of the grants will be funded through the Climate Leadership Plan.