“Getting the facts”
While there was hardly a consensus reached for a concrete plan among the 100-plus residents who gathered at the McGlynn Elementary School on Nov. 15 for an informational meeting on the proposed Green Line Extension, most of the city’s officials agreed the gathering was an important first step.
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The meeting was held to allow for public comment on the Expanded Environmental Notification Form for the project, which describes a Green Line extension from Lechmere Station in Cambridge along the west side of the Lowell commuter rail line to the Medford Hillside area.
The project, initially approved in 1990 as part of a mitigation agreement surrounding the Big Dig, would begin construction in 2011 and be completed in 2014 at an estimated of $550 million.
“The citizens of Medford asked for an opportunity to be informed about the Green Line and they took that opportunity and came out in large numbers,” Krause said. “And I think the citizens gave some excellent feedback to both the project planners and the city.”
Although feedback abounded at the two-hour plus informational session, citizens who took the opportunity to speak where clearly torn over the different possible aspects of the proposed project. Possibilities have included stopping the line at the Medford Hillsides, explaining the project to Route 16 or even Winthrop Street.