Calgary, Alberta – Calgary has celebrated the start of construction on nine Calgary Transit projects designed to increase efficiency and expand the capacity of the public transit system.

The projects include new construction and rehabilitation of stations and related track work; increased capacity for transit station platforms to handle longer trains; electronic fare collection; a passenger information system; transit signal projects; and a bus rapid transit system for southeast Calgary. The projects will improve overall mobility, reduce congestion, prepare for future growth, and help reduce greenhouse gas and other air pollutant emissions.

The total cost, of approximately $270 million, is being shared by the province, the city, and by the Canadian government through the Building Canada Fund and the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The Stimulus Fund projects must be completed by March 2011, while the Building Canada Fund projects are expected to be completed by the spring of 2015.

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