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STEP at ArtBeat

Another ArtBeat, another opportunity to share what’s going on with the Green Line and other transportation projects in Somerville. Thanks everyone who dropped by our booth to say hello! Click for more photos.

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Green Line
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There are about 390 people working on the Green Line construction now

“Making tracks: Pace of work on Green Line extension project is picking up” (Boston Globe)

“Tons of dirt are being removed and trucked to the Somerville-Cambridge border, where it will be used to form an elevated base for a new Green Line vehicle facility.

Nearby, massive concrete structures leap out of the earth to eventually carry viaducts to the new destinations.

Noise barriers, retaining walls, and drainage systems are being installed alongside neighbors’ backyards. And bridges and old buildings are being demolished to make space, marking a huge disruption to Somerville’s road network.”

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Interview with Green Line Extension project manager John Dalton

Joe Lynch interviews John Dalton about bridge closures, ADA compliance, and station design.

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Green Line
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Community insists on accessibility of Green Line stations

“Anger grows over design of green line stations that limit access and add distance for disabled” (Cambridge Day)

“State transportation officials are likely to get an earful at an open house Wednesday meant to explain what’s happening with the green line extension, as residents and officials don’t like what they already know. At Monday’s meeting of the City Council, residents and officials rallied behind an order by councillor E. Denise Simmons to rework plans for a Union Square stop, where the design will make it harder to board for riders coming from Cambridge or for people with disabilities or mobility issues.

Councillors called the situation “deplorable” and raised the prospect of a lawsuit.”

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Buses
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MBTA’s Better Bus proposals affect Somerville and public comments are due Wednesday

The MBTA is proposing some big changes in its Better Bus plan, and if you have comments, send them by March 13.

  • Bus #89: removal of service to/from Clarendon Hill, increased frequency to/from Davis Sq.
  • Bus #90: removal of service to Wellington, new terminus at Assembly Sq., shifting the stop away from the Sullivan Sq T station to Lombardi Way
  • Bus #95: removal of service on Playstead Road in West Medford

You can provide feedback through the links above or email betterbusproject@mbta.com.

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Green Line
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The bridge closures are here

The price of the future Green Line through Somerville is a lot of annoying construction. In a couple of weeks that begins in earnest with the first major bridge closing. Here’s the schedule:

  • Broadway bridge at Ball Square: March 22, 2019 – March 2020
  • Washington St underpass in East Somerville: April 2019 – Fall 2019 and also Spring 2020 – Fall 2020
  • Medford St bridge at Gilman Square: July 2019 – Spring 2020
  • School St bridge: End of 2019 – Fall 2020
  • Cedar St bridge: Early 2020
  • Lowell St bridge: Summer 2020

The closures of the Broadway and Medford Street bridges are necessary in order to accommodate the construction of new Green Line light-rail tracks. Currently, these bridges are only wide enough to accommodate the existing commuter rail service that operates beneath them. The Washington St. bridge requires a complete reconstruction of abutments and structural span in order to accommodate the addition of new light-rail transit service and the Community Path.

“Here’s the schedule for the Green Line Extension bridge closures — and how to get around them” (Boston.com)

This article has useful maps for all three closures and their associated detours for vehicles, buses, bikes, and pedestrians.

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Check out the rail and trolley lines in Somerville in 1925

Zoom in on this wonderful 1925 map to see the many surface lines that served Somerville. With the Green Line Extension, we’re bringing back historical greatness!

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Buses, Uncategorized
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Plans to redesign Somerville’s Central Broadway corridor

The City presented plans for its Winter Hill in Motion project, which will include a dedicated bus/bike lane, bus stop consolidation, signal timing changes, and new pavement marking and signs. View the slides from the meeting.

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Green Line
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New Green Line station plans and 3D renderings

All the plans and documents shared at the January 30 public meeting have now been published. You can look through everything on the STEP Green Line map by clicking on any station. Or you can download the PDFs and slides.

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Green Line
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Somerville Journal covers Green Line meeting

“GLX: Coming soon to a Somerville station near you”

MBTA Deputy Program Manager of Stakeholder Engagement Terry McCarthy acknowledged that they heard plenty of questions from Somervillians, especially about landscaping and planting. He said the project team is still negotiating how to effectively communicate with residents.

“We’ve been working on the project for about a year,” he said, “And it’s a design-build project, so in the working group we talked about how to present where we are.”

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