Public Meeting

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Last “Grounding McGrath” Working Group Meeting

The project team has announced that the last “Grounding McGrath Working Group” meeting will be held on March 24th at 6pm in the library at the East Somerville Community School on 50 Cross St. Formed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) in late 2014, the working group has been meeting regularly to discuss the planned redesign and overhaul of the McGrath Highway corridor in Somerville. The project would remove the McCarthy Overpass and transform McGrath into a more connected, accessible, and livable urban boulevard.

An early design from the 2013 Grounding McGrath report shows the McGrath and Washington St. intersection transformed by the removal of the McCarthy Overpass.
An early design from the 2013 Grounding McGrath report shows the McGrath and Washington St. intersection transformed by the removal of the McCarthy Overpass.

All meetings of the working group are open to the public, and residents and interested parties are encouraged to attend.

For meeting minutes or more info on this project, please visit this link. More information about the McGrath Boulevard Project is also available in Portuguese and Spanish.

Tonight in Cambridge: MBTA Seeking Comment on Future of Late Night Service

Work continues on the restoration and rehabilitation of the historic Longfellow Bridge.
A Red Line train crosses the Longfellow Bridge on its way into downtown Boston.

Later tonight, a public meeting will be held to discuss the future of late night MBTA service. The meeting will be held at Cambridge City Hall in the Sullivan Chamber from 6pm to 8pm.

The MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board has recommended the discontinuation of the late night service program, which has provided an extra 90 minutes of T service each Friday and Saturday night since 2014.

While the late night program is more expensive to operate than regular service, I believe that cancelling it would be short sighted. Tens of thousands of people, many of them workers and students, have come to rely on this program as a safe, affordable method of transiting the city late at night. Earlier today, I sent a comment letter (included below) to the MBTA General Manager requesting that this service be preserved. If you would also like to voice comments to the T, please email them to latenightservice@mbta.com, or attend the meeting tonight at City Hall.

Click here to read my letter to the MBTA GM in opposition to cancelling late night service.

 

Longfellow Bridge Project Public Informational Meetings

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will hold a public informational meeting in Cambridge on Wednesday, January 20 to give an update on ongoing construction and to discuss Stage 3 of construction, which is scheduled to begin on February 1. The meeting will take place at the Multicultural Arts Center on 41 Second Street from 6-8pm. Staff from MassDOT and the design/build contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV, will be available to answer questions from the public after the presentation.

If you can’t make the informational meeting in Cambridge, MassDOT will hold a similar presentation in Boston on Thursday, January 21 from 6-8pm in the Auditorium at the Shriners Hospitals for Children on 51 Blossom Street.

For more information about the project or to sign up to receive email advisories, please visit the project website. For construction related questions or issues, please contact the project hotline at 617-519-9892.