Somerville News: "MassDOT Awards $29 Million Construction Bid For New Assembly Square Orange Line Station" S&R Construction Co., Inc. of Lowell, Mass. will build the new station, which is slated to open in 2014.
Somerville News: "Orange Line rolling forward" The MBTA is set to approve the contract for the construction of the new Orange Line station in Assembly Square, which could open in 2013.
Boston Business Journal: "MBTA opens bidding for Assembly Square station" The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is soliciting bids to construct the region's first Orange Line subway station since 1987, just days after Somerville officials signed-off on a $25 million bond to help pay for the new train stop. Read the advertisement from the MBTA.
Boston Globe: "Path funds diverted to Somerville Orange Line stop" The city is transferring $3.5 million of federal transportation funding from the Community Path to the Orange Line stop at Assembly Square.
"Assembly Square station gets go-ahead, lifting hopes for redevelopment of site into a riverfront complex" "The agreement gives the state the real estate rights to build the [Orange Line] station and entrances and realign track. The project is expected to cost $53.7 million, with the T hoping to advertise for construction bids this spring and complete it within three years." "We're…
Boston Business Journal: "Assembly Square advances on key MBTA vote" The MBTA's unanimous vote Monday passed a so-called "memorandum of understanding" to advance the new subway plan. Sources familiar with the matter said the plan must receive formal endorsement from Richard A. Davey, the MBTA's general manager, before the agency can begin soliciting bids to build the new station.
Somerville News: "Major construction begins this month in Somerville at Assembly Square " Construction on Assembly Square Drive - "the spine of the project" - will begin this month and be completed by early next year. Construction of an Orange Line train station begins next year. In addition, state officials released $10 million in funding to support roadway improvements that will…
The Final Environmental Impact Report shows that the Orange Line station will have a second entrance/exit that routes travelers right to Ikea. Thanks to feedback from disability experts, the station has “simpler lines of sight, and it will be easier to get in and out,” Wig Zamore said.
Somerville Journal: “Assembly Square footprint unveiled”
Download the slides (PDF) from the recent meeting on the design of the Orange Line T stop. More images after the link.
Good news today: Thanks to community pressure, there will now be two headhouses for the Assembly Square stop, which means better access for everyone. Somerville Journal: "Somerville's newest T stop gets a second entrance" Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership co-founder Wig Zamore called the addition of a second entrance a "terrific response" to resident concerns.