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Amended ACO claims State is on track with Green Line; CLF disagrees

Administrative Consent Order – Amendment #2 (PDF)
The State’s Department of Environmental Protection tries to defend the Executive Office of Transportation, saying it’s trying to live up to its commitments.
Conservation Law Foundation’s comments on ACO (PDF)
The CLF tells the truth: The Green Line extension and other commitments have not been prioritized for funding.

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Boston Globe editorial: Health and the Big Dig

By Laurie Stillman
During my cab ride home following a surgeon general’s meeting on the environment and health, I asked my driver what he thought about the Big Dig. Clearly angry, he ranted about how he thought it was a big waste of taxpayer money because he had noticed little improvement in traffic flow.

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Green Line extension documentary

“Off Track: Traffic, Environmental Justice and the Green Line Extension” looks at public transportation through the prism of environmental justice. If you could not attend the January 14 meeting at the State House about decisions relating to mass transit in Somerville, you can still experience the excitement. Bob Nesson, a local documentary-maker and transportation activist, has produced a program that includes footage from the meeting as well as commentary about the issue. Footage includes testimony from Mayor Curtatone, State Representative Pat Jehlen, and other concerned citizens.
See the SCAT schedule for when the documentary will be aired.

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Regional Transportation Advisory Council letter

The RTAC has an official federally recognized responsibility to advise the Boston MPO, as well as a seat and vote on the MPO Transportation Planning and Programming Committee. The letter supports the Green Line extension.
Letter on reevaluation of Central Artery State Implementation Plan commitments (PDF)

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Somerville Journal: City lawsuit

“Somerville: We’re getting railroaded”

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Boston Globe editorial: Romney should focus on transit

“A map for transportation”
“Lawsuits should not be necessary to prod state government into providing the infrastructure for economic growth and environmental protection. The Conservation Law Foundation and the two mayors are performing a service by making sure the governor moves transportation closer to the top of his agenda.”

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Boston Globe: Conservation Law Foundation lawsuit

“Suits look to force transit upgrades”
“This is the same thing we had to do to get the harbor cleaned up,” said Julia Bovey, spokeswoman for the foundation. “Only a federal order seems to have teeth.”

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State Senator Barrios’s letter to the State

Dear Secretary Grabauskas and Commissioner Golledge,
The actress Mae West used to say “an ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises,” and those words could not be truer as I write today to comment on the Commonwealth’s reconsideration of the transit commitment to extend the Green Line from Lechmere to the Medford Hills.

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Conservation Law Foundation files lawsuit against State

Today the Conservation Law Foundation filed “Notices of Intent” in U.S. District Court to sue Massachusetts state agencies over the remaining transit commitments, including the Green Line extension. Read the summary on the CLF website.
Press coverage:
Associated Press: “Lawsuits seek to pressure state on transit promises”
Boston Globe: “Suits look to force transit upgrades”
Boston Herald: “State sued over sidetracked public transit promises”
“After nearly 15 years and billions of dollars, Boston has a new highway with leaky tunnels and little progress on the public transit system promised by the commonwealth.” – CLF statement
CLF press conference
CLF’s Carrie Schneider addresses the media.

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Boston Globe: Somerville lawsuit over Green Line

“City: T’s been taking us for Green Line ride”

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