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.
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“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.”
Dear Secretary Grabauskas and Commissioner Golledge,
The actress Mae West used to say âan ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises,â 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.
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.
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
CLF’s Carrie Schneider addresses the media.
From today’s Boston Globe:
Please send your comments to the State! We need to make sure they hear from many of us in Somerville.
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.
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.”