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Assembly Square T station construction bid awarded

Somerville News: “MassDOT Awards $29 Million Construction Bid For New Assembly Square Orange Line Station”
S&R Construction Co., Inc. of Lowell, Mass. will build the new station, which is slated to open in 2014.

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Mayor Curtatone on Assembly Square Orange Line progress

Somerville News: “Orange Line rolling forward”
The MBTA is set to approve the contract for the construction of the new Orange Line station in Assembly Square, which could open in 2013.

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Bidding begins for Assembly Square station

Boston Business Journal: “MBTA opens bidding for Assembly Square station”
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is soliciting bids to construct the region’s first Orange Line subway station since 1987, just days after Somerville officials signed-off on a $25 million bond to help pay for the new train stop.
Read the advertisement from the MBTA.

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Community Path money moved to Assembly Square stop

Boston Globe: “Path funds diverted to Somerville Orange Line stop”
The city is transferring $3.5 million of federal transportation funding from the Community Path to the Orange Line stop at Assembly Square.

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Boston Globe: Orange & Green Line updates

“Assembly Square station gets go-ahead, lifting hopes for redevelopment of site into a riverfront complex”
“The agreement gives the state the real estate rights to build the [Orange Line] station and entrances and realign track. The project is expected to cost $53.7 million, with the T hoping to advertise for construction bids this spring and complete it within three years.”
“We’re going to build the Green Line because we’re under a legal obligation to build the Green Line, because it’s a good project, because it has broad-based community support, and because it’s one of the best transit projects in America,” Mullan said.

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Assembly Square Orange Line stop moves forward

Boston Business Journal: “Assembly Square advances on key MBTA vote”
The MBTA’s unanimous vote Monday passed a so-called “memorandum of understanding” to advance the new subway plan. Sources familiar with the matter said the plan must receive formal endorsement from Richard A. Davey, the MBTA’s general manager, before the agency can begin soliciting bids to build the new station.

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Assembly Square construction ramps up

Somerville News: “Major construction begins this month in Somerville at Assembly Square “
Construction on Assembly Square Drive – “the spine of the project” – will begin this month and be completed by early next year. Construction of an Orange Line train station begins next year. In addition, state officials released $10 million in funding to support roadway improvements that will facilitate the construction of IKEA.
Gov Monitor: “Massachusetts Issues First Round Of Funding For Assembly Square Project”

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Assembly Square environmental impact report confirms T station details

Assembly Square T stop
The Final Environmental Impact Report shows that the Orange Line station will have a second entrance/exit that routes travelers right to Ikea. Thanks to feedback from disability experts, the station has “simpler lines of sight, and it will be easier to get in and out,” Wig Zamore said.
Somerville Journal: “Assembly Square footprint unveiled”

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Assembly Square Orange Line slides

Assembly Square station
Download the slides (PDF) from the recent meeting on the design of the Orange Line T stop. More images after the link.

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Assembly Square Orange Line stop gets two entrances

Good news today: Thanks to community pressure, there will now be two headhouses for the Assembly Square stop, which means better access for everyone.
Somerville Journal: “Somerville’s newest T stop gets a second entrance”
Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership co-founder Wig Zamore called the addition of a second entrance a “terrific response” to resident concerns.

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