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Calgary approves southeast leg of Green Line route

Another step in the right direction for the Green Line project was passed by City Council Tuesday

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The Calgary Green Line project is chugging along with another item checked off it's list.

Tuesday, Calgary's city council approved the southeast leg of the Green Line project, and have also decided to formally ask the government to foot it's share of the $4.6 billion dollar price-tag.

Monday, at an infrastructure announcement Minister of Transportation Brian Mason told reporters if the city wants greenline funding, all they have to do is ask.

"I'm going to be talking with Mayor Nenshi, I'm sure the subject is bound to come up," Mason said. "We need to recognize these are difficult economic times and difficult financial times for the government, but we're going to consider the applications we recieve."

This isn't the first time the city has approached the province about funding, Coun. Shane Keating has been talking to members of the Alberta Legislature about this since the NDP took power, but today's council decision means a more formal ask as drafted by Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

The councillors have been applauding administration for the work they've put into this project, which Nenshi said is the biggest endeavour the city's tackled by a long-shot.

"There's going to be a lot of growth along this line," said Coun. Jim. Stevenson in support of the economic boost expected from the project. "If you build it they will come, I believe even before the shovels hit the ground there will be people purchasing and planning what they want to build...we need to move forward with this and not hesitate."

Now that this report has been approved by council the city's administration can move forward with land aquisitions.

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