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12/03/2016 14:20 EST | Updated 12/04/2017 00:12 EST

Public transit in Alberta gets $500M boost

From solar charging storage for electric buses in Grande Prairie, to new buses for Red Deer, to big investments paving the way for Calgary's Green Line LRT, the federal and provincial governments loosened the purse strings for transit on Saturday. 

In total, municipalities across Alberta will see $506 million worth of investment for 89 projects, with the province contributing just shy of $236 million and Ottawa chipping in almost $133 million. The remainder of the funds, $137 million, will come directly from the municipalities. 

"Getting people where they need to go safely, quickly and comfortably is fundamental to economic growth and building an inclusive society," said Calgary MP and Veteran's Affairs Minister Kent Hehr in a press release.

Calgary gets lion's share

Calgary is the big winner in Saturday's announcement, with $258.9 million earmarked to lay the groundwork for the Green Line LRT expansion — including utility relocations along the route, bus upgrades and land preparation.

"Investments in public transit are some of the most important investments a government can make," said Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi in a press release. 

"I'm very pleased to see all three orders of government working together to keep Calgarians moving efficiently. This early work on the Green Line LRT corridor helps us get even closer to building this important piece of public transit."

Edmonton left out

Absent from the long list of municipalities receiving funding was Edmonton, although St. Albert, Strathcona County and other nearby areas did receive funds. 

The money comes from the federal government's Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, set up earlier this year, as well as the province's Green Transit Incentives Program. 

The PTIF allocated $347.2 million for Alberta. 

In September, the two government's announced $318.2 million in transit funding for 49 projects. 

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