Trudeau announces $1.3 billion in federal funding for Montreal metro extension

The federal government is making a $1.3-billion investment to help make the long-awaited eastern extension of Montreal's metro system a reality, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday.

The federal money would help finance the estimated $4.5-billion price tag for the project to extend the city's blue line by five metro stops, from the St-Michel station towards the Anjou borough in the city's east end.

Construction on the six-kilometre expansion is expected to begin in 2021 and be completed in 2026.

"There has been consistent under-investment in public transit in Montreal and indeed across the country over the past years," Trudeau said. "That's why we're so pleased that we're moving forward today on a $1.3 billion investment making the blue line extension a reality."