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State Senator Barrios’s letter to the State

Dear Secretary Grabauskas and Commissioner Golledge,
The actress Mae West used to say “an ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises,” and those words could not be truer as I write today to comment on the Commonwealth’s reconsideration of the transit commitment to extend the Green Line from Lechmere to the Medford Hills.

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Conservation Law Foundation files lawsuit against State

Today the Conservation Law Foundation filed “Notices of Intent” in U.S. District Court to sue Massachusetts state agencies over the remaining transit commitments, including the Green Line extension. Read the summary on the CLF website.
Press coverage:
Associated Press: “Lawsuits seek to pressure state on transit promises”
Boston Globe: “Suits look to force transit upgrades”
Boston Herald: “State sued over sidetracked public transit promises”
“After nearly 15 years and billions of dollars, Boston has a new highway with leaky tunnels and little progress on the public transit system promised by the commonwealth.” – CLF statement
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CLF’s Carrie Schneider addresses the media.

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Boston Globe: Somerville lawsuit over Green Line

“City: T’s been taking us for Green Line ride”

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City of Somerville to sue State over Green Line commitment

From today’s Boston Globe:

The city intends to sue the state for failing to extend the Green Line train into Somerville, despite a 1990 agreement that paved the way for the Big Dig, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said last night. ”In the next month, we will go to court to make sure the state lives up to its Green Line commitments,” Curtatone said in a state-of-the-city speech at city hall. ”For too long, we’ve had to breath the dirty air of Boston’s northern commuters while being saddled with some of the worst public transportation in the region.” The city’s attorney, John Gannon, said he was preparing a federal lawsuit accusing the state of violating the Clean Air Act. State transportation officials say they are still deciding whether to go forward with the promised project in Somerville.

Please send your comments to the State! We need to make sure they hear from many of us in Somerville.

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Send your comments to the state

The state is trying to weasel out of its commitment to extend the Green Line by setting up a process to re-evaluate its remaining Big Dig commitments. They are accepting comments from the public through January 15. We want as many Somerville residents as possible to write or email them. Please take a moment to do so – it can make a difference. Keep reading for more information.

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Somerville Journal: Green Line demanded at State House

“Pols, advocates storm State House: Green Line demanded”
“Joe takes the bus to Boston”

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Press coverage of hearing

In “State is accused of breaking promises,” The Boston Globe reports on the angry residents from Somerville and elsewhere who packed the State House yesterday. “A deal is a deal,” said Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, comparing the state’s move to Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez’s joining the New York Mets. “But here’s the difference. Pedro made a verbal commitment to stay in Boston. The state signed on the dotted line.”
In “Officials blasted over broken Dig promises,” The Boston Herald quoted State Senator Jarrett Barrios: “Your very presence here breaks the law. We have waited 14 years for you to keep your promises. Many of us are tired of waiting.”

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Mayor Curtatone’s statement at public hearing

Keep reading for the full statement given by Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone at the public hearing today.
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The Mayor and Aldermen stand united for the Green Line

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Transportation commitments public hearing summary

Today at the State House, the Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) led a public hearing on the remaining transit commitments, including the Green Line extension. Their goal was to get feedback on the proposed process to re-evaluate these commitments. But the 300 or so people attending the hearing didn’t let them get away with that. Instead, person after person spoke out that these commitments should be honored as-is, not re-visited or re-evaluated.
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State Senator Jarrett T. Barrios addresses the panel

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Boston Herald: Transit lawsuits

“Transit office faces eco suit”
The state is facing fines and lawsuits for not meeting its Big Dig-related commitements.

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