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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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Boston Herald: New clean air projects, but still no Green Line

“Transportation officials agree to clean air initiatives”

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Amended ACO claims State is on track with Green Line; CLF disagrees

Administrative Consent Order – Amendment #2 (PDF)
The State’s Department of Environmental Protection tries to defend the Executive Office of Transportation, saying it’s trying to live up to its commitments.
Conservation Law Foundation’s comments on ACO (PDF)
The CLF tells the truth: The Green Line extension and other commitments have not been prioritized for funding.

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Green Line extension documentary

“Off Track: Traffic, Environmental Justice and the Green Line Extension” looks at public transportation through the prism of environmental justice. If you could not attend the January 14 meeting at the State House about decisions relating to mass transit in Somerville, you can still experience the excitement. Bob Nesson, a local documentary-maker and transportation activist, has produced a program that includes footage from the meeting as well as commentary about the issue. Footage includes testimony from Mayor Curtatone, State Representative Pat Jehlen, and other concerned citizens.
See the SCAT schedule for when the documentary will be aired.

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Regional Transportation Advisory Council letter

The RTAC has an official federally recognized responsibility to advise the Boston MPO, as well as a seat and vote on the MPO Transportation Planning and Programming Committee. The letter supports the Green Line extension.
Letter on reevaluation of Central Artery State Implementation Plan commitments (PDF)

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Somerville Journal: City lawsuit

“Somerville: We’re getting railroaded”

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Boston Globe editorial: Romney should focus on transit

“A map for transportation”
“Lawsuits should not be necessary to prod state government into providing the infrastructure for economic growth and environmental protection. The Conservation Law Foundation and the two mayors are performing a service by making sure the governor moves transportation closer to the top of his agenda.”

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Boston Globe: Conservation Law Foundation lawsuit

“Suits look to force transit upgrades”
“This is the same thing we had to do to get the harbor cleaned up,” said Julia Bovey, spokeswoman for the foundation. “Only a federal order seems to have teeth.”

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