Of­fi­cial Go-Ahead for Metro Blue Line Ex­ten­sion!

Montreal Times - - MONTREAL - By: Bon­nie Wurst / mtl­times.ca

Af­ter decades of ru­mours and just talk­ing about it - it's fi­nally of­fi­cial. To­day, Friday April 9th 2018, Premier Philippe Couil­lard, joined by Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and Mayor Va­lerie Plante, made the an­nounce­ment that the Mon­treal metro’s blue line will be ex­tended.

The 5.8 kilo­me­tres ex­ten­sion of the metro in the city's end will in­clude five stops through the bor­oughs St Léonard and An­jou (roughly lin­ing up with Jean-Talon Blvd, with sta­tions lo­cated on Pie-IX, Viau, Lan­ge­lier and An­jou) and will be mostly fi­nanced by the Fed­eral and Pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments - with the city of Mon­treal ex­pected to con­trib­ute about 10% of the to­tal cost es­ti­mated to be $3.9 bil­lion.

A few weeks ago, Pierre Ar­cand, Trea­sury Board Pres­i­dent said that some work had al­ready started, with ex­pro­pri­a­tions of prop­er­ties mak­ing was for con­struc­tion, ex­pected to be com­pleted by 2026.

It should be well-re­ceived by Mon­treal­ers - es­pe­cially for busi­ness own­ers and pub­lic tran­sit in the Mon­treal East area.

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