Thanks to Ken Krause for the following notes from Monday’s meeting at Somerville High School…
OVERALL PROJECT OVERVIEW
+ Program Manager John Dalton reported that the process of selecting a contractor to complete the design and construction of GLX Phase I was nearing completion. (Phase I would extend the Green Line from a relocated Lechmere Station to College Avenue in Medford, with a separate spur extending from Lechmere to Union Square in Somerville. Phase II would further extend the Medford leg of the extension to Route 16 on the Medford/Somerville border.)
+ Three joint ventures bid on the Phase I “design-build” contract, and two of the bids have been certified as being within the “affordability limit” of the remaining project budget of $1.319 billion (the total budget, including money already spent and for 24 new Green Line cars, is $2.289 billion).
+ It will not be known until the bids are opened publicly on November 17 whether any of them include any of the six “additive options” that were cut from the original project; bidders were asked to try to fit as many of these as possible into their proposals while remaining within the budget. The additive options, which must be added in this order of priority determined by the MBTA, are 1) Platform canopies at each station; 2) Additional elevators at select stations; 3) Public art; 4) Additional connection to the Community Path at Chester Street in Somerville; 5) Extension of the Community Path between East Somerville and Lechmere Stations. 6) Enhanced Green Line vehicle maintenance facility in Somerville.
+ The MBTA plans to announce the selected design-build contractor and issue a Notice to Proceed on December 11, 2017. “Right now,” Dalton said, “we have everything in place that we need to get this project off the ground by then end of this year.” The Green Line extension is anticipated to be in operation four years later, in December 2021.