November 24, 2013
From the 1923 "Annual Report of the Public Trustees of the Boston Elevated Railway":
"Looking elsewhere to the north, the present transfer station at Lechmere Square, itself part of a decided improvement in the former service between Boston and Cambridge and Somerville, is not fitted to be a permanent transfer station, and while being used as such must fail to satisfy. There should be an extension of rapid transit to some point beyond, where a permanent transfer station can be located that will adequately meet present and future needs."
Yes, we agree! (Thanks Bob Sawyer for this tidbit.)
October 16, 2013
Download this PDF for a good update on the Green Line Extension project, including upcoming design and construction milestones and the federal New Starts funding process.
September 26, 2013
The Green Line Extension is one step closer to reality! The MassDOT Board unanimously approved a $393 million Intergovernmental Service Agreement (ISA) with the MBTA that will construct three new stations (Lechmere, Washington St, and Union Square). These stations will open in early or mid-2017.
Boston Globe: "State approves $393m for three new stations on Green Line"
"This vote by the MassDOT board is historic and monumental," Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone told the News Service. He said, "We're really excited because it allows the first three stations to be built and the entire extension to be fully designed, and we're really excited about what it will mean for Somerville in terms of improving quality of life, adding new jobs, creating new tax revenue, not just for Somerville."
Somerville Patch: "$393 Million Approved to Bring Green Line to Union Square, Washington Street"
"The MBTA is seeking about $557 million in federal New Starts funding to complete phases 3 and 4 of the project. Morrison said the $393 million allocated Wednesday would send a 'significant' signal to the New Starts program that the Green Line Extension is a strong project."
Somerville Patch: "With $393M Contract, State Invests Heavily In Green Line Extension"
September 08, 2013
We love this 1945 vision of an expanded MBTA, with tiny drawings of each imagined station. Imagine if the envisioned line through Somerville had been built back then? View large map.
August 30, 2013
Comments submitted by STEP on the 2014-2017 State Transportation Improvement Plan
The Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership (STEP) appreciates the opportunity to make comments on the 2014-2017 STIP. We believe that the funding in the STIP to extend the Green Line promotes better regional public transportation, will reduce mobile pollution and provide major improvements to multi-modal transportation in Somerville and our neighboring communities. STEP's mission is to promote better regional public transportation, reduce mobile pollution and improve multi-modal transportation options in Somerville and the region. Thus, we strongly support the $1.042 billion funding for the Green Line Extension (GLX) in the Boston Region MPO Plan that is allocated over the next four years as follows:
2014 -- $131 million to College Ave/Union Square
2015 -- $244 million to College Ave/Union Square
2016 -- $429 million to College Ave/Union Square plus $8.1m for Rt. 16 extension
2017 -- $238 million to College Ave/Union Square plus $29.9m for Rt. 16 extension
Additionally, we want to note our strong support for the design of the proposed extension of the Community Path from Lowell Street through Inner Best in Somerville to connect with the already completed path in North Point into Boston. The completion of the two mile extension of the Community Path, along the future Green Line Extension (GLX) route, will link the extensively used Minuteman Bikeway and Charles River path networks and will result in 48 miles of continuous path network through 11 Boston MPO cities and towns. This contributes to accomplishing Mass DOT's Green DOT goals to expand and improve multi-modal connections to the GLX and Red Line.
Ellin Reisner, President
Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership
July 29, 2013
Somerville Patch: "Construction Firm Hired for Green Line Extension"
"White Skanska Kiewit has been selected as the construction manager-general contractor for the Green Line Extension....White Skanska Kiewit is a join venture among J.F.White Contracting Co., Skanska USA Civil Northeast, Inc. and Kiewit Infrastructure Co."
July 19, 2013
Boston Globe: "MassDOT approves another $26m for Green Line Extension"
"The board approved the funding, which will be used for work on preliminary construction management design, surveying, and noise and vibration studies."
July 15, 2013
STEP's map of the Green Line Extension has been updated to include many new 3D renderings and site plans as presented by MassDOT during public workshops in June. While these station designs aren't final, they're getting closer. Click on a station location to view the new images.
June 27, 2013
Boston Globe: "New Lechmere Station design unveiled"
"Lechmere Station, which is on the green line, is going to be relocated to a new area in order to make more room for passengers at the platform. Located in East Cambridge, this MBTA station is an important connection for Somerville residents."
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