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Montreal’s Blue line extension gets $1.3B federal investment

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WATCH: News of new money to extend Montreal's blue line to the east end was welcome by commuters and politicians alike. As Global's Billy Shields explains, some commuters say it's about time – Jul 4, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an investment of $1.3 billion in the much-awaited extension Blue line of the Montreal Metro on Thursday.

“The east end of Montreal has completely transformed in recent years,” Trudeau said.

“Montreal is home to many new job opportunities. It means more people depend on public transit to get to work on time in the morning.”

WATCH: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday that the federal government would be investing $1.3 billion for the Montreal Metro blue line extension.

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Debate surrounding the extension — which is estimated to cost much more than the initial price of $3.9 billion — has been circulating among several levels of government for years.

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“We are still studying the final costs of the blue line,” confirmed Chantal Rouleau, Quebec transport minister.

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Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said it’s about time there was an investment in the city’s Metro infrastructure.

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“Public transit is the key to protect our environment,” she said, thanking both the provincial and federal governments for their efforts.

The project would build five new Metro stations, spanning six kilometres and linking the Saint-Michel station to the borough of Anjou.

The new stations are expected to be at the intersections of Lacordaire Boulevard, Viau Boulevard, Langelier Boulevard, Pie-IX Boulevard and the Galeries D’Anjou shopping centre.

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“The extension of the Blue line means faster commutes, less time in traffic and better, greener communities,” Trudeau said.

“It’s great news for Montrealers — news we’ve been waiting to hear for a long time.”

The final budget is expected to be confirmed in 2021, and the plan is for the extension to be finished by 2026.

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“There have been consistent under-investments in Montreal and across the country in the past years,” said Trudeau.

“I don’t think Montrealers should wait one more minute for this.”

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Leo Cotnoir, who commutes downtown, is hopeful the long-awaited extension will finally happen.

“I was really excited,” he said. “Just the delay, you know, I don’t know when it’s going to be ready but I’m hoping for it.”

— With files from Global News’ Billy Shields

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