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Green Line project manager talks about progress

John Dalton appeared on Greater Somerville.

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Feds approve new cost estimate, Green Line moves forward

“Feds OK Green Line extension costs, securing project’s future” (Boston Globe)

“The long-planned Green Line extension into Somerville and Medford cleared a crucial milestone on Tuesday with the approval of the new cost estimate for the $2.3-billion project that clears up uncertainty about when and if the project would move forward.

The federal government had previously earmarked nearly $1 billion for the 4.7-mile light rail extension, but plans were put on hold for nearly a year when the estimated cost soared to up to $3 billion. The MBTA has since scaled back the project, but needed federal authorization on the new estimate before proceeding.”

“Green Line Extension Gets Green Light from Feds” (Somerville Patch)

“In step forward, feds OK new $2.3B cost estimate for Green Line Extension” (Boston Herald)

Feds Approve Revised Cost Estimate For Green Line Extension (WBUR)

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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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May STEP meeting

Monday, May 15, 7-9 pm
VNA, 3rd floor Community Room, 259 Lowell St

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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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