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Green Line contractor bids coming in

“Bids for extending the Green Line are due Thursday” (Boston Globe)

“…the agency is asking the bidders to revive parts of the project that were unceremoniously dumped in 2016 in the face of a billion-dollar overrun, such as canopies over train stops, and the final 3,000-foot stretch of a bike and walking path to be built alongside the rails. As part of picking the contractor, the T said it will score bidders on their offers to restore up to six optional features that were previously eliminated – so long as they don’t push the value of the contract beyond the T’s maximum rate of $1.3 billion.”

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Federal money starts arriving for Green Line Extension

“Federal officials fork over cash for Green Line extension” (Boston Globe)

“The Green Line extension has been going on for a while, but the Commonwealth has been paying all the actual dollars for it,” said John Dalton, the MBTA manager overseeing the Green Line project. The payment, he said, is “comforting and reassuring, and underscores what we’ve been saying for a long time: that the FTA wants to see the project go forward.”

“Green Line Extension Gets First Federal Payment” (Somerville Patch)

“The state has spent about $536 million so far in its efforts to extend the Green Line into Somerville and Medford. Production was halted two years ago amid skyrocketing budget estimates, forcing a scaled-back design that is expected to cost $2.3 billion and add seven new stops in Somerville and Medford.”

“Federal money begins to flow into Mass. for Green Line Extension” (Metro)

“Dalton also told the board Monday that the project schedule is going to be moved up slightly to maximize the work that can be done during the 2018 construction season, though the completion date will not change. Dalton said he expects to give the design-build team the go-ahead, or notice to proceed, 61 days earlier than anticipated, on Dec. 11, 2017. The project completion date is still pegged at Dec. 10, 2021, Dalton said.”

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Green Line construction kicks into gear

“Construction underway on Green Line Extension” (Somerville Journal)

“Work will occur between Harvard Street and north of College Avenue, per the project website. Abutters can expect to see ‘soil excavation, trenching, and pile installation in the vicinity of Tufts University’ in the coming weeks.”

“Green Line Extension Construction Underway, Weekend Work Added” (Somerville Patch)

“Saturday daytime work was added to the schedule on Monday, June 26. Work will be completed Monday-Saturday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., according to the latest update. The six-day work schedule may extend through the summer construction season and will include drilling piles and excavation work.”

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Updates on the Green Line shared in Medford public meeting

Thanks to Ken Krause for these notes from the Green Line Extension project update meeting held on Wednesday, June 21, at Medford City Hall. You can also view the slides.

 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

John Dalton, Program Manager for the GLX, gave a brief overview on the status of the project, which will consist of seven stations – a relocated Lechmere Station, plus five stations on the Medford Branch and one station on the Union Square Branch; an extension of the Somerville Community Path from its current terminus at Lowell Street to East Somerville Station (Washington Street); and a vehicle maintenance facility in Somerville (adjacent to the Boston Engine Terminal commuter rail maintenance facility).

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Final RFP released to Green Line contractors

“MBTA Finalizes Green Line Extension Request For Proposal” (Somerville Patch)

“The MBTA Green Line Extension Project Team this week released a final Request for Proposal (RFP) for the project’s three shortlisted design-build firms. The RFP includes an affordability limit of $1.319 billion, base scope of work and six “additive options” that can be completed within the project schedule and budget. The additive options must not force the project over its total $2.3 billion budget.”

The additive options are:

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 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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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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