Just a few hours after Justin Trudeau, Valérie Plante, and other representatives from the Quebec government announced $1.3 billion dollars in funding for the blue line extension project, STM crews are already set to begin work on the massive project.\nCrews were spotted conducting geotechnical and environmental surveys around Saint-Michel metro station. According to TVA Nouvelles, crews will begin drilling and conducting extensive land surveys this summer in anticipation for the start of construction in winter 2021.\nThe STM wishes to evaluate the soil before they undertake the massive mega-project which is set to be completed by 2026. Already, some critics are skeptical, but once evaluations are finished in 2020, the STM plans an aggressive and efficient construction project for the blue line.\nAccording to the Montreal Gazette, Chantal Rouleau, Quebec's Transport Minister says that the blue line extension will bring life into the East End and that the neighbourhood will no longer be forgotten.\nView this post on Instagram Explore Montréal.🚇 #acadie #station #stationacadie #mtl #stm #montréal #montréaljetaime #lignebleu #transport #transit #transportencommun #métro #métropolitain #metro #montreal #québec #masstransit #glow #parcextension #parcex #métrostationmtl #stmmtl #stmstation #montréalmétro #métromontréal #letransportcollectif A post shared by @ face.inthecrowd on Nov 8, 2016 at 10:54am PST\nExpected for approval in fall 2020 and with construction anticipated to begin in winter 2021, the STM is confident that it will be able to meet the 2026 deadline.\nWith Quebec on the hook for nearly $4 billion dollars after the federal government's contribution, cost overruns will have to be mitigated as much as possible. The STM is the principal contractor of this project.\nThe extension will include the construction of five new metro stations. Beginning at the current terminus at Saint-Michel station, the line will run until the Galeries d'Anjou mall.\nREAD ALSO: Montreal's Old Metro Cars Are Being Transformed Into A New Bar & Terrasse (Photos)\nThe five stations will be at the intersections of boulevard Pie-IX, boulevard Viau, boulevard Lacordaire, boulevard Langelier, and boulevard Galeries d'Anjou. The names of the five new stations are yet to be determined.\nView this post on Instagram MR-63 #citoyenurbain #montreal #mr63 #subway #metro #lignebleu #5 A post shared by Citoyen Urbain (@citoyenurbain) on Dec 23, 2015 at 10:07am PST\nVarious committees are also currently working out the details of urban integration and land expropriations. There are apparently 20 lots, owned by 17 different people that must be expropriated to the city.\nMontreal will be on the hook for "surface developments," meaning that the city will be responsible for building and maintaining overpasses and tunnels to access the metro stations. Costs have not yet been determined.\nWhile the STM is confident that the project will be completed by 2026, the public is understandably skeptical. Hopefully, all the on-going preparations will allow the project to be completed on time.\nView this post on Instagram Vous la reconnaissez? Magnifique photo de @mackboude 😊 #stminfo • • • • • #stm #mtlmetro #metromtl #métro #subway #subwaystation #subwayart #publictransit #publictransport #transport #montreal #metro #architecture #architecturelovers #montreal #montrealmetro #undergroundmtl #transitfan A post shared by STM Mouvement collectif (@stminfo) on Aug 9, 2017 at 5:11am PDT\nIn addition to the blue line extension, Montreal is also set to construct a streetcar that will run between Lachine and Ville-Marie.\nStay tuned for more news about STM projects.