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October 18, 2014

More artists selected for Green Line Extension Art Program


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.

The artists are Beth Galston, Nancy Selvage, Aaron Stephan, Matt Trimble, and Christine Vaillancourt.

October 04, 2014

Green Line station designs almost final, opening dates slip

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

Green Line construction update

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

Cost of Green Line Extension rises

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!)

Boston Globe: "Green Line extension cost is going up several million dollars"

July 26, 2014

State proposes projects to make up for Green Line delay

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

Virtual ride on the future Community Path

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

Boston Globe on the Green Line's impact on real estate

"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."

April 30, 2014

State will build the full Community Path with the Green Line Extension!

Community Path map

MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey today announced that as part of the Green Line Extension, the state will both design AND construct the multi-modal Community Path to be built along the GLX in Somerville and Cambridge.

The 1.9-mile path will connect four GLX Stations: Lowell Street, Gilman Square, Washington Street, and the relocated Lechmere. Davey shared the good news in Somerville today alongside Mayor Joseph Curtatone, MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott, members of the legislature, Somerville aldermen, community members, and activists.

Kudos to our friends at Friends of the Community Path for pushing to make this happen! "State to Build $39m Bike, Pedestrian Path Between Somerville, Boston"
"This project is about much more than biking and walking - it's about building a community and a region that is equitable, connected and vibrant," Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said in a statement. "When we create connections between neighborhoods and communities, economic health follows as our squares thrive, local businesses get busier and a resilient, self-sufficient economic base is built for our city and the region. That is the connectivity and vibrancy that will also help us bring back our historic neighborhoods in Somerville like Brickbottom and Inner Belt."


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