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Massachusetts to be sued for Green Line extension and other behind-schedule projects

The Conservation Law Foundation will file a Clean Air Act lawsuit against the State of Massachusetts early next year regarding transit projects that have not been completed or are not on schedule. It’s clear that the state won’t make the deadlines it committed to in 1990, including the Green Line extension. “The state found the money to spend $15 billion for the Big Dig. There should have been a parallel effort to find money for the transit piece of the puzzle,” said Philip Warburg, president of the foundation. “The state has to be held accountable.”
According to the Boston Globe, state officials acknowledge some problems, but also say that some projects need to be revisited to determine if they are really worth doing. State Transportation Secretary Daniel Grabauskas has said that the state wants to explore alternatives to certain projects (such as the Green Line extension) that would provide equal or better clean air benefits. As we know, the MBTA is looking at Rapid Bus Transit in Somerville as an alternative to extending the Green Line.
The Conservation Law Foundation is determined to hold the state to its promises. Without these transit projects attached to it, the Big Dig would not have happened. So far, the state has dragged its feet on its legally binding agreement to complete these projects. If this lawsuit is successful, it could lead to a judge ordering the state to build all the promised projects on a strict schedule. Stay tuned.

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Somerville Journal: MBTA Green Line meeting

“Crowd to MBTA: Don’t give us no stinking buses”

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Boston Globe: MBTA Green Line meeting

“In Somerville, they want to catch trolley” reports that about 500 residents gathered for the October 27 meeting at Somerville High School, in an effort to convince the MBTA of Somerville’s need for better transportation. Keep reading for quotes from the article.

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“Green Line Lament”

by Asher Miller
Every morning
I see this view:
The John Hancock
And the Pru
The Town of Bean
Saying, “Nuts to you!”
It hurts so much,
It can’t be true.

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Mayor’s letter to DEP about Green Line

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone writes to the Department of Environmental Protection to push for the Green Line extension.
Letter (PDF)

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Maps of some Green Line options

MapThe Green Line study has mapped out nine different alternatives so far for better transportation in Somerville. Take a look through the options, and come to the public meeting on October 27 to let the MBTA know what you think – including any other options you want them to consider. This is our chance to be heard!

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Massachusetts commuting study: It’s getting worse

A new study by MassINC shows that our commutes are getting worse at a faster rate than in all but five other states. The average commute is 27 minutes each way. Part of the solution is enhancing public transit.

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MBTA considers Blue Line extension

The Boston Globe reports that the MBTA is studying extending the Blue Line to Lynn. This major project could compete for funding with the Green Line extension into Somerville, which is why it’s so important for us to work together to push for the Green Line. Please show your support by coming to the public meeting on October 27!

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Thanks for Boston MPO letters

Thank you to everyone who wrote letters to the Boston MPO about the importance of the Green Line and Orange Line in Somerville. 98 letters came from Somerville, which is almost half of all the letters the Boston MPO received regarding the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) document. 92 of those letters pushed for the Green Line extension, and 47 were about the Orange Line stop at Assembly Square. Thanks for being heard!

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Somerville Journal: Green Line options

“Board mulls nine Green Line plans”

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