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Green Line plan coming in April

“MBTA Update: Decision On Green Line Extension Likely This Spring, A Bit Of Good Budget News”  (WBUR)

“MBTA General Manager Frank DePaola told the T’s fiscal control board during a meeting on Monday that the agency plans to have a scaled-down project design and a new budget estimate ready by April 7.

DePaola said the agency would then create a new finance plan by May 6, with a discussion on next steps expected at the May 11 joint meeting of the T’s control board and the board of the state’s Department of Transportation.”

“The Green Line extension’s fate could be decided this spring” (Boston.com)

“The project redesign will help form the basis of a new cost estimate, and the new budget will inform the new funding plan, DePaola said.

‘We need to revisit our designs and develop a project that incorporates those scope reductions,’ he said. ‘And we need to develop a revised cost estimate reflecting those scope … reduction items, so we can bring that forward in front of the board and developing a funding plan.'”

“Green Line extension project gets new leader” (Boston Globe)

“Jack Wright, a former state transportation official now at Weston and Sampson, an engineering consulting firm, will oversee an interim leadership team that will redesign the project to cut costs and find new ways to contract out the work.”

Check out the slides DePaola presented today.

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