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Stand Up for Green Line Extension Wednesday March 16

GLX bannerThe Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the MBTA Fiscal Management Control Board are holding a joint meeting next Wednesday, March 16th at 11:30am at the State Transportation Building on Stuart Street in Boston.

This meeting gives Somerville and Cambridge residents another opportunity to show Governor Baker and MassDOT how important the Green Line Extension is to our communities. I’m hoping for a strong showing of public support, and encourage attendees to bring signs and/or to speak during the public comment section of the meeting.

Please click here for directions to the building.

MBTA Red Line Weekend Diversions and Longfellow Bridge Closures January 2016

Work continues on the restoration and rehabilitation of the historic Longfellow Bridge.
Work continues on the restoration and rehabilitation of the historic Longfellow Bridge.

The Longfellow Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic during each of the next four weekends, and Red Line service will be diverted to buses during the closures. The bridge will remain open for pedestrians. Please read the following press release from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for more details, including suggested detour routes. – Tim.


MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), will implement a series of bridge closures and Red Line weekend diversions during January 2016. WSC will close the Longfellow Bridge to all vehicular traffic, except MBTA buses, from 11:00 PM on Fridays to 5:00 AM on Mondays. The closures are necessary to implement MBTA Red Line diversions that replace trains with buses. This will allow WSC to perform work in close proximity to the Red Line tracks to prepare for Stage 3 of construction. The schedule is as follows:

Longfellow Bridge Closures:
• Friday, January 8 – Monday, January 11
• Friday, January 15 – Monday, January 18
• Friday, January 22 – Monday, January 25
• Friday, January 29 – Monday, February 1

Red Line Weekend Diversions:
• Saturday, January 9 – Sunday, January 10
• Saturday, January 16 – Sunday, January 17
• Saturday, January 23 – Sunday, January 24
• Saturday, January 30 – Sunday, January 31

Bus service will be in place from the start of service on Saturdays to the end of service on Sundays. Buses will replace Red Line trains in both directions for service between Kendall/MIT Station and Park Street Station, with a stop at Charles/MGH Station. The bus route and stops are shown on this map. All shuttle bus stops are accessible for people with disabilities. Red Line trains will resume service on Monday mornings. Please visit the MBTA’s service updates webpage for additional information.

MBTA buses will be the only motor vehicles permitted on the bridge. All other motor vehicles, including passenger vehicles, trucks, and all other buses, will need to use one of two Boston-bound routes to reach Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Route 28) and Leverett Circle.

Emergency response, bicycle, and pedestrian access will be maintained across the bridge during weekend diversions. Cyclists must walk their bikes on the sidewalk across the Longfellow Bridge in both directions to ensure the safety of all bridge users. Inbound and outbound bike lanes will be closed during this time to ensure cyclist safety. The Massachusetts Avenue Bridge and Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path across the Craigie Dam Bridge can be used as alternate routes to ride bicycles across the Charles River.

Boston-bound Detour Routes: Height restrictions are in place for Memorial Drive, so all buses and trucks must use the 3rd Street to Binney Street detour described below.

  • From Main Street, turn right onto Memorial Drive westbound, and make a U-turn at Ames Street to access Memorial Drive eastbound. Follow Memorial Drive eastbound to Land Boulevard and turn right onto Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Route 28) to reach Leverett Circle.
  • From Broadway, turn left onto 3rd Street, turn right on Binney Street, turn left onto Land Boulevard, and then turn right onto Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Route 28) to reach Leverett Circle.

The Cambridge-bound detour remains in place using a signed route from Charles Circle following Charles Street to Leverett Circle, Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Charles River Dam Road, and Edwin H. Land Boulevard.

MassDOT encourages drivers to avoid the area and seek alternate routes to minimize delays. Those traveling through the area should expect delays and should reduce speed and use caution. The schedule for this major infrastructure project is weather dependent and subject to change without notice.

For more information on the project, visit the website at www.mass.gov/massdot/longfellowbridge. View construction progress photos on MassDOT’s Longfellow Bridge Flickr Album. For questions or to report issues related to construction, please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email longfellowbridge@state.ma.us.

Orange Line Bus Diversions Starting June 22

cropped-twitter-background-32.jpgOrange Line Early Access is scheduled to begin on Monday night June 22 as part of the MBTA’s Winter Resiliency Improvement Program, and buses will replace regular service between Oak Grove and Wellington. Early Access will take place most weeks from Sunday through Thursday and will to continue until projected completion in December.

MBTA WINTER RESILIENCY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM EARLY ACCESS DIVERSIONS: 9:00PM START

WEEK 1: June 22, 23, 24, 25

WEEK 2: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 2

WEEK 3: July 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

WEEK 4: July 13, 14, 15, 16

As the project moves forward, updates and the service schedule will be available in advance through the MBTAs website here.