STEP is a community group dedicated to improving transportation in Somerville, MA. We advocate for the Green Line extension, a more livable city, and public health issues.
The State has published new draft maps of the future Community Path that will live alongside the Green Line Extension. The new improved route avoids awkward bridge crossings, which is good news.
View slides from the July 10 Community Working Group meeting. Keep reading for more maps.
“Green Line extension breaks ground — for real, this time” (Boston Globe)
“Green Line Extension breaks ground” (Somerville Times)
Today in Union Square a crowd gathered for an official groundbreaking for the Green Line Extension project! (Yes, there have been ceremonies like this before, but as a few speakers joked today, this time it will stick.) Keep reading for more photos from the event.
“More Routes = More Riders” (CityLab)
According to a new study by researchers at McGill University’s department of urban planning, transit agencies are repelling riders by shrinking routes and schedules on buses in particular. “The more service a transit authority provides (measured as the number of kilometers driven annually by public transit vehicles—VRK), the more transit trips it will attract.”
At the May 1 meeting of the GLX Community Working Group, the project team presented an update that included the following news:
- The overall design is approximately 15% complete.
- They shared new viaduct drawings near Lechmere and also Community Path renderings in the same area.
- Tree clearing will continue through the summer as construction begins in earnest.
- The Broadway Bridge in Ball Square will be closed Fall 2018 to Fall 2019.
- Washington St will be closed at the railroad bridge (between Joy and Tufts Streets) for about 11 months in 2019 and another 4-5 months in 2020. Washington St will be closed to all traffic including bikes and pedestrians.
“In the neighborhoods straddling Interstate 93 in Somerville, Massachusetts, residents know to keep their windows shut each weekday as commuters travel from Boston’s suburbs into the city, their cars spouting exhaust and other pollution that collects as soot on the sides of houses.
Infamous for its congested roads and rush-hour backups, traffic on I-93 creates significant air-quality and health challenges for residents living near the highway, many of whom are low-income and are more likely to get sick from the pollution exposure, but often can’t afford to move or protect their homes from the unnatural elements.”
START OF WORK: APRIL 2018
After years of community advocacy and planning, the GLX was given an official “Notice to Proceed” in December 2017, and work is already underway with completion expected by late 2021, which is a contractual obligation by the GLX contractors. The GLX contract team is currently mobilizing at each of the six station areas, and you will begin to see work happening in April around each of these station areas (Union Square, Washington Street, Gilman Square, Lowell Street, Ball Square, and College Ave. in Medford). Preliminary work throughout the month of April will include tree removal, digging test pits, and pest control. More significant construction is expected to begin in summer 2018. Note: you may start to see some larger equipment along the rail corridor beginning in the spring; however, this does not mean that excavation or major construction is beginning at that time. Arrival of equipment is part of the pre-construction preparation.