The Government of Canada has announced a federal investment of more than $1.3 billion to extend the Montréal Metro’s Blue Line.
“I am proud to announce our major contribution to the extension of the Montréal Metro’s Blue line. The five new stations will simplify travel for the city’s east end residents and the people who work there, so they spend less time in traffic and more time with their loved ones,” said François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
Once completed, the extension project will add 5.8-kilometres of new track and five new stations, connecting the current Saint-Michel station to Anjou. This funding will also support the construction of two bus terminals and a new park-and-ride.
The contribution represents one-third of the expected over cost of the project, currently pegged at $3.9 billion. The funding is in addition to a contribution of $16 million, which was announced in April of 2018 to support the development of the business case for the project.
“The Government of Quebec is committed to accelerating the project to extend the Blue line to Anjou and is making the necessary efforts to make it happen. This project is key to improving mobility in the metropolitan area and stimulating development in Montréal’s east end. After a 30-year wait, the development of the Montréal Metro is getting a reboot, and this is just the start,” said Chantal Rouleau, Quebec Minister for Transport.