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Board of Aldermen passes resolution on Green Line commitment

The resolution states that “the Somerville Board of Aldermen objects to any attempts by the DEP and EOT to change the transit commitment for the Green Line Extension to Somerville.”
Board of Aldermen Resolution (PDF)

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EPA New England Environmental Justice Plan

EPA defines EJ as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
Environmental Justice Action Plan for Fiscal Years 2005-2005 (PDF)

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Boston Globe: Residents push for T expansion

The article “T proponents say expansion is a matter of life or death” reports that groups such as STEP are turning to health issues to push for the Green Line extension and other projects. Cars, buses, and diesel trains cause air pollution that directly impacts our health. But the MBTA says it can’t afford any expansions.

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Transit commitments meeting summary

MBTA General Manager Mike Mulhern and DEP Commissioner Robert Golledge led a public hearing on state transit commitments on November 22, where they answered questions about plans to revisit obligations like the Green Line extension.

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State intends to abandon Green Line commitment!

Massachusetts is beginning a public process to try to weasel out of many remaining Ozone SIP transit obligations – including the Green Line extension. Apparently the Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have been discussing this in private for over a year. They think that Somerville will grumble but not complain too loudly.
We can’t let them get away with this. Please come to the public hearing where the state intends to begin this unfair process.

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MBTA publishes 2005-2010 Capital Investment Program – but no Green Line

The Capital Investment Program (CIP) is the MBTA’s rolling 5-year plan of its expenditures. Unfortunately, the new CIP includes no funding for the Green Line extension beyond the study currently underway – not even the $1 million necessary to continue basic preliminary planning. What can you do? Go to a CIP public meeting or follow the link below to send your comments to the MBTA.
FY05 – FY10 Draft Capital Investment Program (CIP)

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Somerville Journal: Four Green Line options picked

“Green Line boosted”

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DEP letter of noncompliance

In this letter to Daniel Grabauskas, Robert Golledge of the Department of Environmental Protection makes it official: the state is not complying with its obligations for the Green Line extension and other projects.
DEP letter (PDF)

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Sierra Club urges Romney to enforce Clean Air Act

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that smog is directly linked to deaths from heart and lung ailments in major U.S. metropolitan areas. Massachusetts has some of the worst traffic congestion in the country and, according to the Centers for Disease Control, has the highest asthma level in the nation. Jeremy Marin, Conservation Organizer for the Sierra Club in Boston, says, “Governor Romney needs to stand up and not just talk the talk, but walk the walk. Spending $14.6 billion to increase air pollution is not what Massachusetts needs. He needs to make sure that projects like extending the Green Line, making the Silver bus Line light rail, and the North/South Rail Link take top priority.”

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Updated maps of Green Line options

MapThe Green Line study has mapped out ten different alternatives so far for better transportation in Somerville. Take a look through the options, which have been updated for the next Green Line Advisory Committee meeting on November 17. The MBTA’s initial evaluations of the options are also now available.

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