STEP is a community group dedicated to improving transportation in Somerville, MA. We advocate for the Green Line extension, a more livable city, and public health issues.
MBTA Deputy Program Manager of Stakeholder Engagement Terry McCarthy acknowledged that they heard plenty of questions from Somervillians, especially about landscaping and planting. He said the project team is still negotiating how to effectively communicate with residents.
“We’ve been working on the project for about a year,” he said, “And it’s a design-build project, so in the working group we talked about how to present where we are.”
“A first-of-its-kind study led by Tufts University researchers, in collaboration with Somerville officials and citizens, will measure indoor air quality and comfort in multifamily housing developments near busy roadways. The study will develop recommendations for the design and operation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to create a protective indoor environment that restricts residents’ exposure to transportation-related air pollution.”
“MBTA: No snags so far on Green Line extension work” (Boston Herald)
“The leader of the MBTA’s Green Line Extension project told T overseers Monday that the trolley service extension is about 60 percent designed and said he has not seen signs of possible snags on the horizon.
Dalton said the bulk of the construction-related work taking place now is related to drainage infrastructure, retaining walls and noise barriers. Demolition of buildings will begin later this month, he said, and the impacts of the construction will soon become more evident.
In late March, the Broadway Bridge will close for 12 months and the Washington Street bridge will be closed from April until November to accommodate Green Line Extension construction, Dalton said.”“
Thursday, December 13 is the last day for sending comments to the Board of Aldermen about proposed zoning changes for the city. Comments can be sent to BoardOfAldermen@somervillema.gov.
It is too late to submit written comments to the Planning Board but you might want to also send a copy of your comments to the Board of Aldermen to somerville.civicomment.org.
Below are key issues about Open Space goals, transportation and Union Square zoning/design that are very significant for the proposed zoning changes. It is important for the Board of Aldermen to hear from Somerville residents regarding concerns about the new zoning. We urge you to review the zoning comments below and make your own comments to the Board of Alderman to address issues that are of concern to you. With regard to Union Square, we urge you to think about how the proposed design changes to Union Square will transform this vital part of our city for the next 100 years.
The SOMERVISION 2010-2030 comprehensive plan for 125 acres of new open space must be codified in zoning. The City must provide a plan for where these open spaces will be sited in the transform and overlay areas. The City must use property it presently owns to increase open space in all parts of Somerville. The Open Space Task Force must seek out properties to acquire for increasing open space in its currently developed squares and neighborhoods.
Transportation and connectivity
Green and open spaces
Indoor Civic Space
Arts and Creative Economy
IMPROVING UNION SQUARE DEVELOPMENT AND DESIGN
Proposed improvements to US2 Design
“Research consistently links traffic emissions to negative effects on both the environment and human health. “Whether it be cancer, respiratory problems, cardiac problems or neurodegenerative problems, there are numerous adverse health effects associated with the chemicals in these emissions,” said Evans. “If we were able to reduce emission of pollutants like black carbon, we would also see an immediate climate benefit.” Black carbon — commonly called soot — is a marker for exposure to diesel exhaust which is known to have negative health effects.”
The City of Somerville hosted a public meeting about the coming Green Line construction and its impact on the Broadway bridge area. View the slides that cover:
Mark Niedergang, who represents the Ball Square neighborhood on the Somerville Board of Aldermen, said the city is still eager for the $2.3 billion transit project after years of delays — but the bridge closure will be a massive disruption.
“You’ve got to break eggs to make an omelet, but this is going to be very painful,” he said.
Niedergang and some neighbors are worried cut-through traffic will make local streets unsafe.