Press coverage of Wednesday’s Green Line public meeting

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“Critics pan MBTA extension proposal” (Boston Globe)

“Five of the seven planned stations for the Green Line extension could be scaled back from enclosed buildings to bare-bones, open-air stations under preliminary redesigns presented to a packed crowd Wednesday evening.

Possible changes to the stations and a vehicle maintenance facility could save roughly $300 million, according to officials, who stressed the redesigns are far from final.”

“Green Line extension cutbacks previewed at Somerville meeting” (

“Your presence here says it all,” state Sen. Pat Jehlen said to the capacity crowd of at least 300. “Somerville is united. People here have spent hundreds of thousands of hours collectively supporting this project. It needs to happen.”

“Tonight you don’t have torches and pitch forks, but I can’t guarantee what might happen” at future meetings, said Somerville Board of Aldermen President Bill White.

“Somerville residents push back on cuts to Green Line Extension” (Somerville Journal)

“A bare-bones Green Line Extension could cut $280 million in the project’s billion-dollar cost overrun, state officials said at a packed public meeting March 2, while residents demanded that the state move forward with the GLX as a debt owed to Somerville.”