Is new LRT cash coming to Edmonton?

Premier Alison Redford and Finance Minister Doug Horner are making an announcement about GreenTrip funding at an Edmonton LRT station on Tuesday.

Premier Alison Redford and Finance Minister Doug Horner are making an announcement about GreenTrip funding Tuesday in Edmonton, which is raising hopes the province may kick in cash for the LRT expansion. 

Premier Alison Redford will be making a GreenTrip funding announcement in Edmonton on Tuesday. (John Archer/ CBC News)

A government press release sent Monday night doesn't reveal additional details, but says the announcement will take place at the Churchill LRT station. 

Speaking at an Edmonton Chamber of Commerce luncheon Monday, Horner fueled speculation the province plans to put money into LRT.

The city is looking for support from the federal and provincial governments for the $1.8 billion southeast LRT line. The project is short by $515 million. 

On Thursday, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson expressed disappointment the provincial budget lacked new funding for the LRT.

The next day he revealed he had been speaking with Horner about where money could be freed up in the budget.

Redford and Horner will be joined at Tuesday's announcement by Municipal Affairs Minister Ken Hughes, Transportation Minister Wayne Drysdale and Progressive Conservative MLAs from the Edmonton region.

The government news release did not say whether Iveson or any city councillors would be present.

GreenTrip is a program that funds new and expanded public transit projects in Alberta.

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