September 19, 2005

Edmonton LRT expansion to be first project funded under New Deal transfer of gas tax funds

EDMONTON, ALTA-The city of Edmonton will be among the first beneficiaries of project funding from the transfer of federal gas tax revenues, under the New Deal for Cities and Communities initiative. The first project under the New Deal's gas tax transfer will be the south line expansion of the Edmonton South Light Rail Transit (LRT) system. The Canada-Alberta agreement on the transfer of federal gas tax revenues will provide a $108-million federal investment to the city over the next five years. In addition, the Alberta government is providing approximately 2.5 hectares of provincially owned land at the Neil Crawford Provincial Centre. "Public transit - particularly this type - represents the kind of environmentally sustainable infrastructure that cities must incorporate. It's part of smart growth and development and it's key in managing some of the challenges that come with being part of the country's strongest economy," said Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel. Details on the LRT expansion can be found on-line at www.edmontonslrt.com. More information on Canada and Alberta infrastructure investments and the New Deal for Cities and Communities is available at www.infrastructure.gc.ca or www.infrastructure.ab.ca .

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