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Edmonton First to Receive Alberta’s Green TRIP Grant for LRT

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April 05, 2011

The Province of Alberta will award its first funding in the Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP) to Edmonton, with $497 million in capital funding for the North LRT line connecting the downtown Churchill Station to Grant MacEwan University and then on to NAIT.

Mayor Stephen Mandel announced the news during his annual State of the City Address, noting the provincial funding makes an important contribution as Edmonton moves towards its vision of being an increasingly vibrant, innovative, inclusive and sustainable city.

“Transportation plays a vital role in enhancing the high quality of life in our community,” Mayor Mandel said. “This funding demonstrates our shared priorities with the province, a key partner in helping us shift to increasingly more environmentally responsible modes of transportation. It truly is an investment in the economic, social and environmental future of our capital region.”

The Province’s contribution to the North LRT to NAIT line represents two thirds of eligible project costs of $745 million.

Full text of the provincial announcement and background on GreenTRIP.

The $2-billion GreenTRIP program provides one-time capital funding that will support new and expanded public transit throughout Alberta. This will help provide Albertans with a wider range of sustainable and accessible public transit alternatives for local, regional and intermunicipal travel. The program will help reduce the number of vehicles on Alberta roads as well as greenhouse gas emissions.