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Important Green Line public meeting Monday!

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Somerville High School Auditorium
6:30 – 8:30 PM, Monday, March 14
81 Highland Ave
Don’t let the state snow us again…
It’s time to stop stalling and start building.

Twice we’ve stunned state officials with Somerville’s support for extending the Green Line:

  • On the night the Red Sox won the World Series, over 500 residents came out to an MBTA meeting on the Green Line at the Somerville High School.
  • Two months later, nearly 200 residents took time off from work for a hearing at the State House to speak against substituting other projects for those promised 15 years ago as part of the Big Dig.

Come and tell Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Dan Grabauskas and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Golledge they must honor the state’s commitment to replace our slow, polluting buses with reliable, clean light rail service. Let’s make this third meeting our lucky charm! It is critical that there be a large turnout!
Read more about the meeting, including talking points.
Please distribute this English flyer (PDF) and/or this 4-language flyer (PDF) far and wide.

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State Transportation Plan leaves out Green Line

PlanThe new 15-year plan from the Governor says that the State’s “air quality commitment stands and will be honored, but not necessarily through the three projects selected 15 years ago” – including the Green Line extension. The intent of the current review process, which may last through 2005, is to consider “more effective substitutes.” We must keep up the fight!
A Framework for Thinking – A Plan for Action

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Somerville Journal: Monday’s public hearing

“State wants to hear Monday why Somerville needs a Green Line stop”
“Letter: Daydreaming for a subway stop”

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Tufts Daily: Green Line lawsuit, editorial

“Somerville, Medford file lawsuit against state”
“Editorial: Green Line extension long overdue”

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Green Line public meeting postponed

Once again, the threat of snow has forced this meeting to be rescheduled Stay tuned.

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Somerville Journal: Green Line good for businesses and economic justice

“Green Line would bring greenbacks”
“Editorial: Justice, and not just for East Somerville”
“Letter: Join chamber’s fight for Green Line”

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Somerville Journal letter: Green Line meeting

“Zamore: Green Line extension meeting may seal the deal”
by Wig Zamore
There will be another important public hearing on the Green Line extension through Somerville on Monday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Somerville High School Auditorium, 81 Highland Ave. It will be a strain to turn out a large crowd of residents for the third time in four months. But we must do so.

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Somerville Journal: Good signs at the State House

“Legislators’ assignments bode well for Green Line”
Committee assignments have been divvied at the State House, with state Sen. Charlie Shannon named chairman of the new Rules & Ethics Committee and three local officials appointed to the Transportation Committee – a possible key in the extension of the Green Line.
“Talk about the Green Line Feb. 28”
Our Mayor: “State officials must see that the entire community supports the Green Line coming to Somerville.”

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Medford Transcript: Medford sues too

“See you in court”
“It’s sad that communities like Medford and Somerville have to sue the state,” said Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone. “We’re going to fight for this. We’re not going to stop advocating until it happens.”

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Boston Globe: Big Dig won’t help without better public transit

By Joan Vennochi
A terrible possibility is dawning on the daily commuter. The Big Dig improved the look of Boston’s highway system. It will not improve the drive into Boston.

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