03/11/2014 02:20 EDT | Updated 05/11/2014 05:59 EDT

Edmonton LRT Expansion Received $600M Backing From Alberta Government

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EDMONTON - The Alberta government is committing up to $600 million to extend Edmonton's light rapid transit line.

Premier Alison Redford announced the funding at a news conference in a below-ground rail station in the city's downtown.

She says the province will provide $250 million in grants and up to $150 million in funding contingent on matching money from the federal government.

There will also be an interest-free loan to the city for $200 million.

Redford says with perhaps a million newcomers calling Edmonton home in the coming years, it is important to fund the transit line, which will link up the city's southeast.

City leaders had expressed disappointment with Redford's government last week when money for the line was not in the 2014-15 budget.

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