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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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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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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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Green Line public meeting

It was a packed house last night as many people came to look at the current Green Line plans, ask questions, and offer feedback. View some photos of the event.

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New detailed plans for the Community Path

The MBTA released some high-resolution draft plans of the new Community Path route and associated access points, noise walls, and so on. Download the big PDF and take a look.

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Green Line construction on track

“MBTA: No snags so far on Green Line extension work” (Boston Herald)

“The leader of the MBTA’s Green Line Extension project told T overseers Monday that the trolley service extension is about 60 percent designed and said he has not seen signs of possible snags on the horizon.

Dalton said the bulk of the construction-related work taking place now is related to drainage infrastructure, retaining walls and noise barriers. Demolition of buildings will begin later this month, he said, and the impacts of the construction will soon become more evident.

In late March, the Broadway Bridge will close for 12 months and the Washington Street bridge will be closed from April until November to accommodate Green Line Extension construction, Dalton said.”

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In-progress Green Line station plans

This month, the Green Line Extension (GLX) team shared updated station plans with the GLX Community Working Group. These are still evolving but worth a look. To see more, come to the Jan 30 public meeting.

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Broadway bridge closure and proposed detours

The City of Somerville hosted a public meeting about the coming Green Line construction and its impact on the Broadway bridge area. View the slides that cover:

  • Current draft of traffic detours
  • Pedestrian and cyclist detours
  • Bus route changes

“At last, Somerville’s getting the Green Line, but road closures come with it” (Boston Globe)

Mark Niedergang, who represents the Ball Square neighborhood on the Somerville Board of Aldermen, said the city is still eager for the $2.3 billion transit project after years of delays — but the bridge closure will be a massive disruption.

“You’ve got to break eggs to make an omelet, but this is going to be very painful,” he said.

Niedergang and some neighbors are worried cut-through traffic will make local streets unsafe.

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New Green Line opening dates

This is a first: The Green Line Extension schedule just got moved UP a bit. We had expected the Green Line to open in December 2021, but in the latest monthly status report, we have new projected dates:

  • The Union Square branch will open April 28, 2021.
  • The main (Medford) branch will open July 21, 2021.

This could still change, so cross your fingers.

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Detours during Green Line construction

Some key bridges are closing during construction, and those impacts were made clearer at a July 18 public meeting on the Green Line Extension. View the presentation slides, which include information on:

  • New detours announced for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians, with maps of all the impacted roads
  • Community Path updated route
  • Construction status update
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