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Thanks for visiting STEP at ArtBeat!

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This is the 11th year STEP has had a booth at ArtBeat, and every year we have fantastic conversations with people who have questions, concerns, and praise for public transportation improvements and plans in our city. Thanks to all those who dropped by and who support our work!

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Video fly-through of the coming Community Path

Watch the video below to see progress on the future Community Path. A 3D video “fly-through” starts about 24 minutes in. You can also download the slides.

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McGrath Blvd
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McGrath overpass is probably coming down and here are the latest plans

McGrathLogoAt a public meeting in late May, the State shared the latest thinking on bringing down the McGrath Highway overpass and replacing it with something more friendly. Download the presentation to see details on current construction, the traffic study, current planning on ped, bike, and transit modes, and much more.

Also check out the official MassDOT project website and a quick project fact sheet.

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Green Line
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Latest Green Line station designs

Just a reminder that the latest plans and designs for the future Green Line stations can be found at greenlineextension.eot.state.ma.us. Here are the key links:

Also helpful are the construction schedule page and the construction overview page.

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New plans for College Ave Green Line station

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Medford Transcript: “Plans for new College Avenue Green Line station unveiled”
The multi-purpose building will benefit both Medford and Tufts University. Plans include public meeting space, commercial space, educational space, neighborhood walkways and a footbridge over Boston Avenue to connect the train station to Tufts University.

Tufts Now: “New Academic Building Planned for T Station”
Tufts and the MBTA have signed an agreement granting the university a 99-year lease for the air rights. The arrangement calls for Tufts to pay for associated project redesign and construction changes to previous plans for the Green Line station in Medford, as well as ongoing maintenance and security around the station.

Video of announcement:

 

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The new cars for the Green Line Extension!

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Can’t wait!

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Health Issues
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Improving health in communities near highways: An important new report

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STEP has been a long-time partner in CAFEH, the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health Study, which serves as the larger umbrella for 5 related community-based participatory research (CBPR) air pollution studies. Their new report, “Improving Health in Communities Near Highways: Design Solutions from a Charrette,” summarizes effective design approaches to reducing near highway residents’ exposure to traffic-related air pollution. Specific locations in Chinatown and Somerville are used as case studies.

Download the full CAFEH report.
Boston Globe coverage: “Study warns of microscopic pollution.”
Download a 2-page crib sheet from Wig.
Any questions? Email us at info@somervillestep.org.

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Buses, Transportation News
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Tired of broken trains and three-hour commutes? Sign this petition.

From the group Transportation for Massachusetts:
By now, you’ve seen plenty of articles, pictures, and tweets about the MBTA’s breakdown in this week’s snowstorm, along with mammoth traffic jams, detours and delays across the state. After many years of underfunding transit maintenance, upkeep and upgrades, a crisis like this was bound to happen.

Our elected officials need to hear from residents frustrated with the state’s massively underfunded public transit system. Will you add your name to the growing list of MA residents who want reliable and safe public transportation, roads, and sidewalks?

For workers, students, families, seniors and visitors all across the state, our MBTA and regional transit service must be improved and maintained to operate regardless of the weather. Winter conditions have exposed the worst of our transit systems, but regular riders know that we face unreliable bus and train service every day. Can you sign this petition and make sure the Governor and state legislature hear your voice?

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Green Line funding video

Watch the January 5 event during which the federal pledge of $996 million was made official!

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The Feds come to Somerville – with a check for the Green Line

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Yesterday US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx came to Somerville to make it official: The federal government will pledge $996 million toward construction of the Green Line Extension. The news first came early last month, but Congress had 30 days to review the project before transit officials officially signed off on the agreement. Joining Foxx on the stage were Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, US Senator Elizabeth Warren, US Representative Michael E. Capuano joined Curtatone, Governor Deval Patrick, and other officials.

Boston Globe: “US officials pledge to fund MBTA extension”
“We’re building more than a light rail line,” Curtatone told the audience of community members and other local officials gathered at Somerville High School. “We’re building the backbone of a resilient, sustainable economy.”

Somerville Journal: “Feds sign over $1 billion for Green Line Extension through Somerville”
“You never know what people are capable of until they get a shot. And today I am proud to tell you we are giving this community a shot,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said during the press conference.

NECN: “Green Line Extension in Boston Area Gets $1B From US”
“They’ve done their job,” U.S. Representative Michael Capuano, a former Somerville mayor, said at the ceremony held at Somerville High School. “But we need to keep it going, because this federal money will not come without state matching dollars. It’s not just given to us. It has to be matched. The state has lived up to its commitment so far. We have to make sure that the commitment doesn’t somehow fall off the table.”

Associated Press: “Feds announce $996M grant for Green Line extension project”

US Dept of Transportation: “U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $996 Million Grant Agreement to Expand Green Line Light Rail Service in Boston Area”

US Dept of Transportation blog: “MBTA Green Line Extension a glimpse of what’s needed –and possible– nationwide”

MassDOT: “Green Line Extension: Major Federal Funding Commitment”

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