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.
“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.”“
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
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.
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.
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
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.