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Request for Proposal lists possible add-ons for Green Line Extension

“Initial Request for Proposal released for Green Line Extension” (Somerville Journal)

“The MBTA Green Line Extension (GLX) Project Team has released a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for the GLX Design Build (DB) contract to the short-listed DB teams. The draft RFP includes an affordability limit of $1.319 billion, base scope of work, and ‘Additive Options,’ should a firm believe the options can be completed within the project schedule and the Affordability Limit budget.

‘This draft RFP is a major step in the ongoing procurement process as we proceed towards building the Green Line Extension,’ said Program Manager John Dalton. ‘This document reaffirms the primary objective of delivering the base scope of the program while also allowing for the inclusion of additive-scope options if the completive pricing received from the design-build teams will allow.'”

“What the MBTA Wants From the Green Line Extension” (Somerville Patch)

The “additive options” are prioritized in the following order:

1. Platform canopies.
2. Additional elevators at select stations.
3. Public art.
4. Additional community connection to the community path located on Chester Street in Somerville.
5. Extension of the community path between East Somerville and Lechmere Stations.
6. Enhanced Vehicle Maintenance Facility in Somerville.

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Green Line Extension probably safe from Trump budget

“Would Trump’s budget blueprint kill the Green Line extension?” (Boston Globe)

“The reductions would hit only projects that don’t already have full-funding grant agreements, which are approved by the transit administration and Congress. The Green Line reached that milestone when a key federal transit official sent a commitment letter for up to $1 billion to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority in late 2014. Congress signed off early the next year.”

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Three finalists emerge to design and build the Green Line Extension

“Three Design-Build Firms on Short List for Green Line Extension Project” (Somerville Patch)

“The MBTA has narrowed down the number of firms eligible for the Green Line Extension Project’s design-build contract to three after evaluating a series of Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) for the project. Under the contract, a single firm will be responsible for the design and construction of the GLX.”

“Green Line Project Short List to Help Medford” (ItemLive)

“The strong interest in the project from these highly-regarded firms underscores that the project is being taken as seriously by the design build industry as it is by MassDOT and the MBTA,” program manager John Dalton said in a statement. “These firms have the well-earned reputation for delivering complex projects in the United States and abroad.”

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MBTA purchases new trains for Green Line Extension to Union Square

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Here’s the kind of economic growth the Green Line can bring

“Minneapolis light-rail routes spur $6.8 billion in development, Met Council says”

“Businesses continue making strategic investments along existing and planned light-rail lines, demonstrating their conviction that light rail is a valuable asset to local communities along these routes,” said Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck.

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Green Line momentum continues, but there’s still a funding gap

‘Real Momentum’ On Green Line Extension, But Cost Questions Remain (WBUR)

“The turnaround has hardly been dramatic, featuring incremental steps over months as officials pulled back the scale and cost of the project, brought aboard [project manager John] Dalton — a former Chicago Transit Authority official — and received agreements from Cambridge and Somerville to contribute a combined $75 million toward the extension with a projected $2.3 billion new price tag.

‘We’ve kind of already begun the procurement process,’ Dalton told the News Service on Monday. He said there is ‘real momentum’ behind the project now.”

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Scaled-back Green Line design submitted to Environmental Affairs

The latest step for the Green Line Extension, which was scaled back last year, is the filing of the official Notice of Project Change to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The new design, like the previous design, is expected to comply with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA).

“GLX Files Project Change Notice With Environmental Affairs” (Somerville Patch)

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Green Line appears on Trump list of list of priority infrastructure projects

Our beloved Green Line Extension is #28 on this list of “Emergency and National Security Projects” coming out of the Trump administration. Some might say it’s on the list because the funding has already been allocated and he can easily try to take credit for it. In any case, let’s build it!

“Green Line extension makes Trump’s infrastructure list” (Boston Globe)

“Rafael Mares, a senior attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation, which backs the project, welcomed the news that the expansion is on Trump’s radar. ‘Obviously, I appreciate that the Green Line extension is on that list,’ Mares said in a phone interview. ‘It’s a really important transit project.'”

“Report: Green Line extension makes Trump’s list of infrastructure priorities” (video) (WCVB)

“The GLX project is the 28th item in a list of 50 projects contained in a presentation obtained by The Kansas City Star and The News Tribune, of Tacoma, Washington, which published a copy of the document online. The newspapers said the document was ‘circulated within the congressional and business communities,’ but did not explain how they obtained a copy. According to the document, the Trump administration is seeking $137.5 billion in total investment for the 50 projects. Half of that would come from private investments.”

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MBTA Green Line Extension team grows

“T building out Green Line Ext team” (CommonWealth Magazine)

“John Dalton, the T’s point person on the Green Line Extension, also said he has hired four other employees to help him oversee the project, leaving only two vacancies on his seven-person team….The T is meeting Wednesday and Thursday with federal regulators to complete a risk assessment of the project that will go a long way toward determining whether the Federal Transit Authority feels confident enough to release the $1 billion it has set aside for the Green Line Extension. One of the chief concerns of federal regulators has been whether the T has sufficient management expertise to oversee the project and keep costs under control.”

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Rep. Denise Provost: Building the Green Line Extension (GLX) we need

From Rep. Provost’s email newsletter…

On December 10, 2016, I was invited to give a presentation as part of a program titled “Reviving Federal Investment in Public Transit: Build Subways, not Submarines.” The program, held at MIT’s Stata Center, was expected to draw 50 -75 people; 125 from around the region attended, and an overflow room with a video screen had to be set up to accommodate those present. It’s encouraging to me that so many people care enough about transit to give up half a Saturday in December, to be informed and energized about it.

The topic that program organizers asked me to speak on was “Building the Green Line Extension (GLX) We Need.” Since Somerville folk tend to be wholly on board with transit funding, and with GLX in particular, I wasn’t surprised that not many attended the December 10 program. I do, however, want to let those who did not attend know what I had to say about the GLX, so here is my text:

“First, I want to make a disclaimer about my remarks. They represent my views only; not those of the City of Somerville, other members of Somerville’s legislative delegation, or of any organization. It is, however, a Somerville-centric view of the GLX, because that’s my patch.

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