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.
Just a reminder that the latest plans and designs for the future Green Line stations can be found at greenlineextension.eot.state.ma.us. Here are the key links:
- College Ave
- Gilman Square & Lowell St
- Ball Square & College Ave
- Washington St & Union Square
Medford Transcript: “Plans for new College Avenue Green Line station unveiled”
The multi-purpose building will benefit both Medford and Tufts University. Plans include public meeting space, commercial space, educational space, neighborhood walkways and a footbridge over Boston Avenue to connect the train station to Tufts University.
Tufts Now: “New Academic Building Planned for T Station”
Tufts and the MBTA have signed an agreement granting the university a 99-year lease for the air rights. The arrangement calls for Tufts to pay for associated project redesign and construction changes to previous plans for the Green Line station in Medford, as well as ongoing maintenance and security around the station.
Video of announcement:
Yesterday US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx came to Somerville to make it official: The federal government will pledge $996 million toward construction of the Green Line Extension. The news first came early last month, but Congress had 30 days to review the project before transit officials officially signed off on the agreement. Joining Foxx on the stage were Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, US Senator Elizabeth Warren, US Representative Michael E. Capuano joined Curtatone, Governor Deval Patrick, and other officials.
Boston Globe: “US officials pledge to fund MBTA extension”
“We’re building more than a light rail line,” Curtatone told the audience of community members and other local officials gathered at Somerville High School. “We’re building the backbone of a resilient, sustainable economy.”
Somerville Journal: “Feds sign over $1 billion for Green Line Extension through Somerville”
“You never know what people are capable of until they get a shot. And today I am proud to tell you we are giving this community a shot,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said during the press conference.
NECN: “Green Line Extension in Boston Area Gets $1B From US”
“They’ve done their job,” U.S. Representative Michael Capuano, a former Somerville mayor, said at the ceremony held at Somerville High School. “But we need to keep it going, because this federal money will not come without state matching dollars. It’s not just given to us. It has to be matched. The state has lived up to its commitment so far. We have to make sure that the commitment doesn’t somehow fall off the table.”
Associated Press: “Feds announce $996M grant for Green Line extension project”
US Dept of Transportation blog: “MBTA Green Line Extension a glimpse of what’s needed –and possible– nationwide”
Big news today for the Green Line! The Federal Transit Administration announced it will pledge $996 million to the project. The remainder of the money will come from state bonds and $305 million in state operating funds. After years of hope and work toward New Starts funding, STEP is overjoyed at this important step toward making the Green Line a reality in Somerville.
Boston Globe: “US pledges nearly $1b for Green Line extension”
“It speaks legions to what we know, which is that we are one of the most transit-savvy and transit-loving communities. We say that, bar none, we believe this Green Line project is absolutely one of the best projects they could build in the United States.” – Beverly A. Scott, general manager of the MBTA
WBUR: “Federal Government Commits Nearly $1 Billion To Green Line Extension”
Boston Magazine: “Government Will Pay for Nearly Half of the MBTA’s Green Line Extension Project”
CommonWealth Magazine: “Feds set to provide $1b for Green Line extension”
Want to see all the latest images of what the Lechmere, Union Square, and Washington St stations will look like? These stations are now at 90% design, so we can really see the details of these future stations. Check out our map and click on the stations to see 3D renderings and site plans.
Question 1 passed, repealing the 2013 law that automatically increases gas taxes according to inflation. Does that mean funding for the Green Line Extension is at risk? Fortunately, the answer is no.
At the Somerville Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner this past Wednesday, MBTA GM Beverly Scott very clearly stated that the GLX will not be affected by the failure of gas tax indexing. The MBTA had provided the Feds with a financing plan that took the possibility of elimination of gas tax indexing into account and they were OK with it.
One thing that GM Scott acknowledged at the meeting (reflecting on 10 years of community advocacy for the GLX) is that we have been waiting for this needed transit improvement for over 19 years.
MassDOT announced that it has selected five artists for the second phase of the GLX Integrated Art Program. Out of 70 submissions, there are five artists whose work will become an integrated part of four of the new GLX stations (Gilman Square, Lowell Street, Ball Square & College Avenue). They will work directly with the design team architects in the incorporation of artwork in the stations.
The artists are Beth Galston, Nancy Selvage, Aaron Stephan, Matt Trimble, and Christine Vaillancourt.