November 16, 2014
Want to see all the latest images of what the Lechmere, Union Square, and Washington St stations will look like? These stations are now at 90% design, so we can really see the details of these future stations. Check out our map and click on the stations to see 3D renderings and site plans.
November 08, 2014
Question 1 passed, repealing the 2013 law that automatically increases gas taxes according to inflation. Does that mean funding for the Green Line Extension is at risk? Fortunately, the answer is no.
At the Somerville Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner this past Wednesday, MBTA GM Beverly Scott very clearly stated that the GLX will not be affected by the failure of gas tax indexing. The MBTA had provided the Feds with a financing plan that took the possibility of elimination of gas tax indexing into account and they were OK with it.
One thing that GM Scott acknowledged at the meeting (reflecting on 10 years of community advocacy for the GLX) is that we have been waiting for this needed transit improvement for over 19 years.
October 18, 2014
MassDOT announced that it has selected five artists for the second phase of the GLX Integrated Art Program. Out of 70 submissions, there are five artists whose work will become an integrated part of four of the new GLX stations (Gilman Square, Lowell Street, Ball Square & College Avenue). They will work directly with the design team architects in the incorporation of artwork in the stations.
October 04, 2014
The Green Line Extension Working Group met on Thursday and heard some important updates on the project. The good news is that the station designs for Lechmere, Washington St, and Union Square (referred to as Phase 2) are at 90%, and the other stations (Phase 4) are at 60% design.
The bad news is that the schedule has slipped a bit from earlier promises. What we're hearing now:
- Phase 2 early construction is now approved to proceed.
- Nov 2015: Phase 4 construction begins.
- Dec 2017: Lechmere, Washington St, and Union Square stations open. (Formerly estimated for 2016 or early 2017.)
- Summer 2020: Other stations open. (Formerly estimated for 2019.)
There was also discussion about the overall cost estimate, sustainability of the project, and Tufts development. Hop over to MGNA for detailed meeting notes.
October 02, 2014
On Sept 18, MassDOT held a public hearing about what's coming up with the Green Line construction. You can now download the presentation, which includes information on the funding timeline, an update on current construction, and details on upcoming construction.
September 14, 2014
The latest estimates are in, and the Green Line Extension will likely cost $1.6 billion, with an additional budget cushion increasing that potential total to $2 billion. (Of course, the project would have been cheaper if it were built to its original deadlines, 2011 or 2014!)
July 26, 2014
The Green Line Extension was originally supposed to open in 2011. Well, that didn't happen. So the State promised end of 2014 in a new legal agreement. Well, that won't happen either. It will be 2017 before any new stations open.
However, in that legal agreement, the State agreed to implement interim offset measures in case they missed the 2014 deadline. The idea is that they would find other projects that would have the same environmental benefits as the Green Line would have if it had opened on time.
An MBTA internal working group has now announced the interim offset projects that they are recommending to the DEP. They were listed in the 2014 SIP status report:
- Additional off-peak service along existing routes serving the GLX corridor, including the Green Line, and bus routes 80, 88, 91, 94 and 96.
- In conjunction with the increased bus service, MassDOT proposes a 20% increase in off-peak Green Line service. This program will provide additional service to Lechmere Station.
- Purchase of 142 new hybrid electric vehicles for The RIDE.
- Additional park and ride spaces at the Salem and Beverly intermodal facilities.
On the one hand, it's disappointing that all the projects won't benefit the Somerville Green Line corridor. On the other hand, we're getting the Community Path fully built!
May 24, 2014
Now that the state has agreed to build the Community Path with the Green Line extension, the conversation turns to where exactly it will go and what it will look like. Here is a 3D simulation from MassDOT that starts on West Boulevard in Cambridge and heads northwest where it will connect to the Somerville Community Path at Lowell Street.
May 09, 2014
"Will the Green Line Extension make Somerville real estate go crazy?"
"When the extension is completed with six new stops (and an Assembly Square station is added to the Orange Line this fall), 85 percent of Somerville will be within a half-mile of a transit center, up from the current 15 percent. Perfect for the brave new Walk Scoring, bike-sharing world we live in."
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