The Government of Canada is set to invest C$1.3bn ($1bn) to fund the extension of the Montréal Metro’s Blue line.

The announcement was made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as part of the government’s efforts to support key infrastructure projects across the country. The funding will be provided through the public transit component of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan.

Prime Minister Trudeau said: “By investing in the Blue line extension, we’re making a real difference in the lives of families, while creating good jobs and building a greener Montréal.

“Our government is working hard to support projects like this, projects that make our communities better, right across the country.”

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The Blue line extension project involves extending the line from the current Saint-Michel station to Anjou. It will expand the line by nearly 6km and add five stations to the network.

Once complete, the extension will reduce traffic congestion and lower regular commute times by offering metro access to an additional 17,000 passangers.

Canada Minister of Infrastructure and Communities François-Philippe Champagne said: “The five new stations will simplify travel for the city’s east end residents and the people who work there, so they spend less time in traffic and more time with their loved ones.

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“Through projects like this, we are building a greener future for all, while encouraging the use of sustainable transportation and reducing the number of vehicles on the streets of Montréal.”

The federal funding will also be used to develop two bus terminals and a park-and-ride.

The Canadian Government, through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, intends to invest more than C$180bn over 12 years in different infrastructure projects across the country.

In April, the government announced plans to support 136 projects to improve rail safety across the country.